The wild response of people to the murder/self defense shooting (depends on your perspective) of a black teenager in Central Florida absolutely blows my mind. Actually, in the world today, this is what the media and the government attempt to do in polarizing rich and poor, black and white, democrat and republican.
We are all human. The fact is, we all share the same problem- sin. We have an utterly depraved and wicked heart. We do wicked things to one another because we are wicked, and dead in trespasses and sins.
So in a hat tip to Phil Sheppard, consider this:
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
I am a liar- do I deserve to die? YES! The Bible says that lying lips are an abomination to the Lord (Prov 12:22) and every time I lie, God is within His rights as a mighty sovereign Holy and righteous King to kill me and send me to the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8) Ananias and Sapphira told one lie and they were killed instantly! (Acts 5)
I am coveteous- greedy to a fault- do I deserve to die? YES! The Bible tells us that no greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
I am a thief- I have stolen in the past- do I deserve to die? YES! Achan stole and he was killed. No thief will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
I am a murderer-at heart- do I deserve to Die? YES! The Bible says those who hate their brothers are murderers (1 John 3:15) and that even calling a brother a fool (Matthew 5:21) may cast you into hell. No murderer will inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
I am an adulterer- at heart- Do I deserve to die? YES! Jesus said if we even look with lust, we are guilty of adultery (MT 5:27-28) The penalty, even in Jesus’ day, was stoning for both parties. No sexually immoral person will inherit the Kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
We all deserve to die. The Bible tells us that when we sin- that is transgress the law of God in thought, word or deed, we are storing up wrath against the day of judgement (Romans 2:5) We sin because we are sinners (Ephesians 2:1-3, Romans 3:9-18). We are desperately wicked, and we all will one day will face God in judgment (Hebrews 9:27) and sinners will be paying the penalty for their sins (Romans 6:23) which is death and then the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8)
There is good news, however.
2000 years ago, Jesus Christ, who was fully God and fully man, came to this earth. He lived as one of us, tempted in every way that we are, yet without sin(Hebrews 4:15) He came to lay down His life (John 10:17-18) to demonstrate the Love of God towards those who would believe. He was brutally beaten and hung on a cross to die. He was treated by God, His Father, as though He had sinned, so that we might be treated by God as though we were righteous before Him.
If you will repent and believe on Christ, you will receive God’s mercy instead of the judgment you deserve (Romans 6:23). The good news is that despite what we were, when we are in Christ we have been forgiven completely. We do not deserve to inherit the Kingdom of God, but because of Christ, we can 1 Corinthians 6:11 says this:
11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Have you been washed? Look to Christ and be saved.