OK, so Alec Baldwin isn’t going to win Father of the Year in 2007. Or 2008. Or ever. But this really isn’t about piling on him. Of course what he said was awful, but I’m not sure that worldwide humiliation is fair or helpful either. (Too bad about him and Kim Basinger. They made terrific guest stars on The Simpsons once.)
But his travails did remind me of this verse:
Matthew 12:36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.
Sorry to be a wet blanket, but you are going to die. Yes, you. Roughly a quarter of a million people die every day, and very few of them planned it. The mean, median and mode of deaths per person is exactly one (1).
Every one of our careless words (and thoughts, and deeds, and failure to do good deeds) will all be reviewed one day. Just you and your creator, one-on-one. Every secret laid bare.
You have two options:
- Be 100% accountable on your own (bad idea). God is more holy than we can imagine. All our excuses and “I was a good person” reasoning will vanish in an instant. We will not be in a position to convince almighty God that Heaven just won’t be the same without us.
- Accept what Jesus did in your place (good idea). He did all the work. You just have to trust that He was raised from the dead and make him Lord of your life.