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Monday, March 18, 2013

What's Your Story?

Before you jump down to the bottom of this article to unlock the answer, see if you can guess who this riddle defines:

36 have been accused of spousal abuse.
7 have been arrested for fraud.
19 have been accused of writing bad checks.
117 have bankrupted at least 2 businesses.
3 have served time for assault.
71, repeat 71, cannot get a credit card due to bad credit.
14 have been arrested on drug-related charges.
8 have been arrested for shoplifting.
21 have been defendants in lawsuits.
84 have been arrested for drunk driving.
Total # of People: 380

It’s not the NBA or the NFL. It’s the alleged 2009 United States Congress. That’s right—it's rumored that 380 of the 450 members had these plots attached to their stories (100% confirmation can't be found). And since many of our current Congressmen were serving in 2009, it's possible not much has changed. We can see why words like “Fiscal Cliff” and “Sequester” so easily roll off the tongue in Washington.

I realize Congress shouldn’t be elevated to a platform of spiritual virtue. Many recent morality legislations, which have been supported and approved by Congress, break my heart as a disciple of Jesus, and I find them in direct violation of God’s will. 380 Congressmen have made significant mistakes and committed grievous sins, yet they still have held, and some continue to hold, high positions in our country.

This political example makes a spiritual application. God’s people have always been “mess ups”. Abraham lied about Sarah being his sister, but he still became the “Father of Many Nations.” David committed adultery and murder, but he was still a “Man After God’s Own Heart.” Zacchaeus was a deceitful tax collector, but salvation still “came to his house.” The church at Corinth was full of division, sexual immorality, idolatry, and confusion, but Paul still called them the “church of God in Corinth.” (1 Corinthians 1:2)

What’s your story? It’s not any worse, or different, than a story that has already been written. But, here’s the good news—regardless of our resume, God, our potter, can mold the clay of our lives into what it needs to be. Don’t allow a troubled past to determine a terrific future. God won’t give up on you. Don’t give up on Him.