BJ Rudge, Ph.D.
Most of you are probably aware of the manhunt for Brian Laundrie, who was a person of interest in the murder of his fiance Gabby. Brian had eluded law enforcement until his remains were recently discovered. Many of us try to do likewise with God. Just as Adam and Eve hid in the Garden after they sinned, we try to keep certain sins hidden from God. Brian did not remain concealed forever; so too the hidden sins of our lives will one day be exposed. The Bible teaches that all of us will be held accountable for our words and actions in this life:
God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad (Ecclesiastes 12:14); …everything that is now hidden or secret will eventually be brought to light (Mark 4:22)…when the Lord comes, He will bring our deepest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives (1 Corinthians 4:5).
The key question in those days of accounting (the Judgment Seat of Christ for believers; the Great White Throne Judgment for nonbelievers) is, will you be pardoned? God has provided forgiveness through the life, death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ (John 3:16).