As we quickly approach another presidential election, the disapproval and criticism surrounding both of our nation’s leading candidates is at the forefront of every media outlet. There are reports that Donald Trump is angry, erratic, unfair in business dealings, greedy, a loose cannon, and an adulterer. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is broadcast as a liar, a crook, inauthentic, extremely careless, and a self-serving individual who thinks she is above the law.
Name-calling and accusations such as these are commonplace during presidential elections. The candidates’ lives are placed under a microscope, as they should be, and all their dirty laundry is aired for the world to see. As their lives are examined, the good, the bad, and the ugly come to the surface. All their faults and failures are exposed. Every one of their sins comes to light, which leads me to wonder how I would fair if my life came under the same scrutiny as that of a presidential candidate.
It’s easy for me to cast stones at Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but what if someone were to take a peek into my life? Or into your life?
While we might not ever run for public office, there will come a day when even the things we have done in secret will be made public. When Jesus Christ returns to earth, as He has said He will, “He will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14). On that Final Day of Judgment, He will disclose every sin, including the purposes and intentions of our hearts (1 Corinthians 4:5).
When Christ finally does appear, how will you measure up? When He returns to repay each person according to what they’ve done (Matthew 16:27), what will be said of you? If you’re anything like me, your sins are much worse than those of our current presidential candidates. If you’re like me, you’d cringe at the idea of having your skeletons revealed to the masses, much less having the secret thoughts and intentions of your heart exposed before the Almighty God Himself. Therefore, if you truly are a sinner like me, the only hope you have is to cling to Jesus and to His righteousness. He lived a sinless life, and He gave Himself for wicked sinners such as you and me. So I implore you to trust in His works and not in your own. For there will come a day when your heart and soul will be unmasked, and this unveiling will far outweigh any exposure our presidential candidates have ever known. On that day you’ll have no way of covering up your scandals. There’ll be no place to run and hide. You won’t be able to lie your way out of condemnation, for God has all the facts. He sees and knows all, even the true intentions of your heart.
If this disturbs you or if you have questions, please feel free to contact me, or better yet, contact a pastor at a local church near you. Here are a couple links you can use to find a good church in your area: