A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
Another car manufacture is issuing a massive recall this January due to an emissions testing scandal. Volkswagen estimates the embarrassing fiasco, traced back to the work of two engineers, will cost the company over seven billion dollars to correct. What is most disturbing about the this particular recall is that the problem was well known within the company but purposefully buried. The company was more concerned with profits than doing what was right.
The propensity to cover up wrong doing is not unique to car companies. It is a problem common to humanity and is expounded upon in the Bible. Rather than acknowledging our sin before God we seek to excuse it or blame it on someone else. As followers of Christ, we know that the penalty for our sins has been paid in full by Christ’s death on the cross. At the same time, we realize that we struggle daily against sin and the natural tendency to try and hide our wrong doing from God and others. The apostle John reminds us that we are to “…confess our sins, for He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” The word confess means to agree with or say the same thing. Therefore, when we agree with God’s Word on what is wrong we admit this to God, ask for His forgiveness, and then take the necessary steps to turn from that particular sin.
Automakers aren’t the only ones guilty of cover up and deception when it comes to wrong doing. So, take time each day to come clean before God and ask His forgiveness for your sins in the name of Jesus Christ.