Ashley Madison has been in the news a lot lately. If you haven’t heard this is a website domain and not an actual person. To catch up those of you who need to be, Ashley Madison is a website where people who desire to cheat on their spouses, or meet people who are willing to cheat on their spouses, can design anonymous profiles and arrange adultery. It’s private. Or should I say it was. A group of hackers illegally broke the system and publicly released thousands of names who were using the website. Many people were exposed who didn’t want to be exposed, including many famous people in the public.
On top of this, David Deleiden’s team is continuing to release undercover videos of Planned Parenthood’s inhumane, sinful, disgusting behavior.
What do these two things have in common? John 3: 19-21.
“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
What these have in common is that people were sinning in the dark, and suddenly, the doors were burst open and the light came bursting in, exposing their works for all to see. It is a terrifying thing to think about that which we have done in private would be found outside of that arena.
For most of us, we can admit, that what goes on in our minds, the place where no one else dwells, is some of the most wicked things we have been exposed to. Sin likes the secret place.
Adulterers prefer fake profiles and aliases and creative alibis. Planned Parenthood prefers to hide in shadows of a billboard that reads “WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH” and operate behind walls that say “3% OF OUR SERVICES ARE ABORTION”.
They don’t want hackers, and they don’t want cameras. They want darkness for their darkness.
Why should these stories scare us? We are never alone.
Jeff Durbin said it best I think:
“Before you run headlong into condemning repentant Christians exposed and crushed in
the Ashley Madison hack, you should be careful to pause and humbly reflect about the fact that there is a Holy God Who knows every moment of your browser’s history; for as long as you’ve had it. He is also well aware of your thoughts over the last 48-hours. All of them.”
The reality for all of us is that Jesus is Lord. He reigns supreme. And that’s true whether you are a heart-adulterer (Matthew 5) or an Ashley-Madison-adulterer. That reality is true whether you are a murderer in your heart (Matthew 5), or a baby murderer in a lab coat. Everything all of us do is always in God’s light. He sees it all. And when we die, we will give an account for every thought, action, and lack of action, even the ones buried in the dark recesses of our minds and hiding in the secret rooms with no cameras. We will be naked and exposed.
We can sin in the dark on earth. That is true. But their is no darkness in God, and He is everywhere.
Thank God for Jesus.