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" That's How They Edited Me "

"And I saw a Great White Throne, and the One sitting on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled; and a place was not found for them. And I saw the dead, the small and the great, standing before God. And books were opened. And another Book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged out of the things written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead in it. And death and hell gave up the dead in them. And they were each judged according to their works. And death and hell were thrown into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death. And if anyone was not found having been written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the Lake of Fire." (Rev20:11-15)

"So then each one of us will give account concerning himself to God." (Rom14:12)

Whether we like it or not, at the end of human history there is coming a time of judgment. Believers into Jesus Christ will have a reckoning regarding how they served Him. "For we all must appear before the judgment seat of Christ" (2Cor5:10) Jesus illustrated this in the story of the "talents". (Mt25) Each Believer is given "gifts" (1Cor12, Eph4:8) to do with in faithfulness. (1Cor4:2) This faithfulness is not for Salvation, but for what kind of "reward" he may be counted worthy to receive. (1Cor3:14) If he totally sluffs off, he will still be "saved, but so as through fire". (1Cor3:15) Believers are ones who are found in the Book of Life. (Rev3:5, 21:27, Ps69:28) These are ones who take part in the "first resurrection" (Rev20:5) or Rapture. (1Th4:17) This group does not take part in the "second death" (Rev20:6) to which the opening passage refers, or its judgment.

But regarding those NOT found in the Book of Life, it says "..books were opened.." (Rev20:12) and people were judged "according to their works" based on "those things which were written in the books". How are things recorded in those books?

Typically, the unsaved do not recognize the Most High. They live as though "there is no God". But Scripture calls them "fools". (Ps14:1) God has given every man a witness of Himself through creation. (Rom1:19-20) And while they foolishly live as though nobody knows their lives, God is "[looking] down from Heaven on the sons of men.." (Ps14:2) He is looking for righteousness, but only sees filthiness and iniquity. He sees that they do not "fear" Him. (vs2-5)

When man stands before the Great White Throne, God is going to do something similar to what happens on the TV show "Big Brother". The "books" record the person's life, and they are read back. When a person is kicked out of the Big Brother house, meeting with the producer, they are shown clips of themselves as the rest of the world saw them.

As this is being written, 'recently' Jordan was kicked out. She was shown clips of herself, and her reaction was, "That's how they -edited- me". Intimating, that she was not this "aweful person" the clips showed her to be. That if only they had shown other clips, those clips would have shown her to be a nice person. Indeed, when she appeared on the David Letterman show, she was of the attitude that she was a rather 'tremendous' person, and that the others in the BB 'house' were all "losers" and "dysfunctional". And she repeated the complaint about how they had "edited" her.

As we consider how God observes and judges, perhaps we can receive some learning from the Big Brother show. The Big Brother house is rigged with cameras and microphones. There is no place to hide. Everything they do is visible and audible. Even in the dark, the cameras are equipped with special night vision technology so they are just as visible as if they were in daylight.

Jordan has a background as an "exotic dancer" (stripper). While it was obvious that she had some real serious personal issues, likely from the guilt of her profession, she tried to carry herself as being somehow 'above' others. She would often be in the "red room" crying about how she perceived that others viewed her. She would cry around others, that she was not 'appreciated'. She would speak often, questioning, "Am I -really- this 'bad' person?" She carried guilt over the matter of how her parents would react to her 'profession', since she had never told them what she did. But in spite of these things, she always held herself 'above' others.

Now, let's consider a couple of 'specific' items she was shown of herself, upon exiting. Please excuse the graphic nature; but we are illustrating, to make a point. After all, David's sin with Bathsheba is recorded in Scripture for our learning.

In one case she and a male house guest were lying on a bed, facing each other. She -initiated- words to him how she was attracted to him, and was sexually aroused towards him. Her interest in him was such that, if at other times/places he tried to be more 'discrete' and walk away, she would entice him back in various ways. (On the 'outside' she had a boyfriend/husband) Then, along the way, another female resident was showing interest in this same male. Now, Jordan's attitude was that she was going to 'purposely' try to make a rift between them, and -cause- strife. She rather had a gleeful self-pleased expression on her attitude as she contemplated her strategies.

Proverbs talks about the "strange woman". "A woman met him with the dress of a harlot..she is loud and stubborn..I came to meet you..I have found you..Come, let us take our fill of love..for my husband is not at home.." (~Pr7:10-20) This 'Jordan' is a striking resemblance to the "strange woman". The kind of woman practically the whole book of Proverbs warns the young man to be on guard against. This is a vile and evil person. In this case, she might not be a "harlot", but works in the "male entertainment" industry. As far as morality is concerned...the same thing. The kind of person the Jews in the N.T. would call a "sinner". (Lk7:37)

Proverbs is also full of warnings against associating with those who purposely contrive to do evil. "My son, if sinners lure you, do not be willing. If they say, Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, we will watch secretly for the innocent without cause." (Pr1:10-11) The warning to "Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not into the way of evil. Avoid it; do not pass by it; turn from it, and pass on!" And notice the attitudes and motivation of the wicked... "for they do not sleep except when they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away unless they cause some to fall." (Pr4:14-16) Again, a Scriptural definition of Jordan's "gleeful" anticipating and plottings to stir up strife.

She is shown video clips of these things about her behavior, and... "Well, that's how they -EDITED- me." My thought and question to her if I was facing her... "Why was there anything so vile like that -TO- EDIT in the first place?" The camera crews and production staff did not "script" her to say the things she did. They did not have a casting director to instruct her to do the things she did. She -DID- THEM because she 'wanted' to!

But you see... this is how people of the world are. They will tell little "white lies", snitch a little something that doesn't belong to them. Perhaps they go to a night club and find somebody to "get laid"; they don't do it "very often". Maybe they went through a divorce, and they contrived with their lawyer how to "get as much OUT OF him as possible"; but that was that "one time" in the life. But most of the time you see them, they are dressed nicely, show up to work faithfully, smile wonderfully, and have a basically "successful" career. You see them at the concerts, fund raisers, and church. They have a wonderful family, and possess "family values".

Surely, God looks at them and sees them as being "good" people?? After all, they have the attitude that they are self-righteous. -MOST- of their lives have been good. Just "edit out" those few infractions, and you will end up with a nice 'tape'. Like Job, they might say, "Be quiet. Let me..speak. I will maintain my own ways before Him..I have set my cause in order; I know that I shall be justified." (Job13:13-18)

Trouble is... God weighs the hearts. (Pr24:12) He knows the "thoughts and intents" (Heb4:12) As "Hell and destruction are before the LORD; even more the hearts of the sons of men.." (Pr15:11) Not only does God's production room "edit" the tape He plays back, He "tries the hearts". (Pr17:3) For all the finagling we may try to do as we are "right in [our] own eyes..the LORD ponders the hearts." (Pr21:2) God "searches and knows" us, down to every last intimate detail. (Ps139)

As God judges, knowing the "thoughts of man", He knows that "they are vain". (Ps94:11) As God is looking "down from Heaven on the sons of men, to see if there were any who understand and sought God" He finds that "all have gone aside, together they are filthy", there is not a single person who doesn't have some dirt to be "edited" for viewing.

For all of Jordan's 'self-righteousness' which she tried to persuade everybody existed within her, in her private moments even before she had exited the 'house' and knew how she was being "edited", she cried a lot. "Am I -really- this BAD PERSON?" Her "conscience" knew better. Like my ex unequal yoke who came from a background of "family values", but had terribly dark secrets, pretended to be a "Christian", and went to church and did all the things that Christians do. But continually had the persistent nagging "dark side" of the ugliness, filthiness and "darkness within". This "darkness" is called the "sin nature". The life before one becomes "new" in Christ is called "darkness". (Jn12:46, Ac26:18, Rom13:12, etc) The reason the unregenerate knows it's 'dark' inside is because of God's Law written on the heart, via the CONSCIENCE. (Rom2:15)

It is based on this 'conscience' that God will "judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ". (Rom2:16) In that day when the "works" are manifest from the "books" (Rev20:12), the excuse will not be possible, "That's how they EDITED me".

Amen!


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