There is something about a secret that sparks interest. When asked if we can keep a secret, we say “yes”, but are really thinking “tell me, tell me, tell me!” Upon hearing the secret, we secretly begin to think of the people we could tell the secret to. We run down a list of people in our minds and think “who will keep this a secret?” “Who is trustworthy?” We see this play out again and again in everyday life. Situations in which we have no vested interest become intriguing.
Tabloids and entertainment blogs expose the secrets of celebrities and the masses flock to eat up every morsel of gossip. Then leaked photos happen. Phone content exposing nude photos of celebrities appear all over the internet. The masses feed on it. People either ridicule the celebrities or the hackers. Some people get angry over the blatant violation of personal privacy while others rush to the internet to gawk at the photos. Many do both. While publicly condemning the actions of hackers, they secretly support it. We are entertained by the failings of others…yet we fail daily.
We act like we can keep secrets and deceive those around us without ever facing the consequences of our actions. Common sense and life experiences tell us otherwise. God’s word makes it clear that as believers we are to walk in the light. Light exposes all secrets.
Luke 8:17 “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.”
Ephesians 5:13 “But everything exposed by light becomes visible,”
We must let go of the notion of privacy before God. We must know that all we do is visible to God, and at any moment can become visible to whole world. That moment will happen when everything is exposed. If you are a follower of Christ, you are aware of your own sin. You hide it thinking, even praying, that it not be disclosed. But there is nothing concealed that will not be brought out into the open.
An uncomfortable thought to end on. Imagine your life was hacked. The secrets of your heart were leaked for the whole world to see. Everything exposed. What would be said about you? How would it reflect Christ in you? Would it reflect Christ at all, or would it reflect the selfishness of a depraved heart?