Accountable…No Matter What

Whenever I see a news story about a frivolous lawsuit (such as the popular story of the woman who sued McDonalds because her coffee was too hot), I am amazed at the unwillingness of people to be responsible for their own actions.  But God warns us, in Ezekiel, that we WILL be made to stand for our own sins.

The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, speak to your countrymen and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not take warning and the sword comes and takes his life, his blood will be on his own head.  Since he heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning, his blood will be on his own head. If he had taken warning, he would have saved himself.  But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.'”Ezekiel 33:1-6

Note how the person is held accountable and will suffer the consequences in BOTH cases – whether he received the warning from the watchman or not.  This may seem unfair at first glance, but when seen in the context of salvation or destruction, Romans 1:20 gives some explanation.  This verse tells us that God’s invisible attributes are evident, even in the absence of a specific “warning” from another person. Each person will be accountable for their sin, because it is obvious that there is a God behind everything.

And just as importantly, the verse tells us that the watchman has a duty to tell others what he knows, or be held accountable for the failure to tell.  In the same way, the Christian has an obligation to tell others about the Good News.


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