For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.
An old saying says that since excuses were invented nobody is bad. That might work between humans and under certain circumstances. However, in terms of our relationship with God, we have no excuse for our sin. Long before God handed him the tablets of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai, He Himself had revealed to mankind His rules since the creation when instructed our first parents in Eden. From there, we were already warned without valid excuse for our failures.
I will share a story I read a while ago. It is said that many years ago the Viceroy of Naples made a visit to Barcelona, Spain. In the port there was a rowing boat, a galley, with prisoners sentenced to rowing, usual for the time penalty. Viceroy approached to prisoners and asked them what had happened, who had been living in this situation now. That voice heard terrible stories first.
The first man said he was there because a judge accepted a bribe from his enemies and sentenced him unfairly. The second said somebody had paid his enemies false witnesses to accuse him. The third said he had been betrayed by his best friend, who escaped justice leaving him. And so on. Finally the Viceroy talked to a man who said, “My lord, I’m here because I deserve it. I needed money and stole a person. I’m here because I deserve to be.”
The Viceroy was absolutely stunned and retracing the slave ship captain said: “Here we have all these men who are innocent, are here for unjust causes, and here this evil man in his midst. Release him immediately, afraid they infect others.” So the man who had confessed he was released and pardoned, while those who continued excusing themselves returned to the oars.
This is a true story, and the moral is obvious. We speak of excuses and their power. How we kept chained and subjects in a certain order of things. Spiritually it happens something very similar. Most people when confronted by their sins will present excuses. You might say things like these: “I had no guilt for having committed adultery, she was so beautiful that provoked me”, or “I lit candles to the saints because my grandmother taught me, but it was not my fault”, and many others.
But the Lord makes it very clear in John 15:22: If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. God’s Law condemns us and Jesus told us how that could save us and be forgiven of our sins. The gospel is clear, our work instead of saving us show our guilt. Only the grace justifies us; but the excuses for our sins, especially the sin of rejecting Christ, just carry conviction in God’s judgment. Let it of making excuses, it’s time to repent of all sin. God bless you.