Who Is Next? (Jeremiah 17:9)

Every morning I awaken to read of another high profile celebrity, politician, or industry leader who has been accused of sexual harassment and/or molestation. Who is next? Social media and modern modes of communication have facilitated the rapid reporting and dissemination of these stories, exposing events that were previously clandestine. The courageous testimonies of numerous victims, previously afraid of retribution by their perpetrators, has encouraged many others to come forward. The vetting process for their testimonies will continue but in many of the cases, the evidence has been verified.

 

Although one may think there is a pandemic of incidents, these tragic events have been occurring since the beginning of man’s existence. Man looks to place the blame on everything and everyone but himself. This is not a new paradigm of behavior, secondary to increasing exposure to environmental toxins or global warming or the natural consequence of our evolving selfish genes. No. There is only one explanation. We are all sinners and we live in a fallen world. By our own efforts, we will never be able to free ourselves of this morass of carnal desires. These sins can manifest as small lies or explode into sexual harassment.

 

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Jeremiah 17:9 (ESV)

 

The prophet Jeremiah wrote these words thousands of years ago. This sad fact rings ever more true today. Who can understand our heart? God does. He created us and He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to this world to live a life as a man. Jesus was fully man and fully God. When He lived on this earth, He experienced the same temptations we do but never sinned. He was obedient to God until His death on the Cross. And because of His obedience, God raised Him from the dead. Jesus understands our heart. All who confess and repent of their sins and place their trust Him as Lord and Savior will receive salvation and eternal life.

 

Who is next? I am. My heart is deceitful and sick. I desperately need a Savior who understands and loves me and can change my very nature into His image.

 

Only Jesus Christ can do this.

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

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