In this current culture in which we find ourselves, there is seemingly no accountability or responsibility for choices in any arena of life. Politicians refuse to own their words or deeds. Fake news outlets unapologetically vomit conjecture, and down right falsehood without fear of correction. Adults walk away from marital and child-rearing responsibilities, as they seek to fulfill their own selfish desires. Pulpiteers propound a form of godliness which which sounds pleasant to the ears of their hearers, and which fulfills the demands of consumeristic church attendees.
What happened to the day when people owned their opinions and their mistakes? How did corrupt politicians and other people pleasers gain an “untouchable” level of status? Why is it that marriage vows are no longer sacred, and sacrificing for the benefit of children is secondary to living life without owning up to one’s responsibility? When did pleasing religious people take precedence over respecting God’s truth and fearing him?
Sin runs rampant where responsibility and accountability are absent. Hard hardheartedness and selfishness are the norm where reverence and repentance do not exist.
The writer of Hebrews addresses the necessity of accountability within the church that claims Christ as its head
12 Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God.13 You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.14 For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. (Hebrews 3:12-14)
We are responsible to make sure our own hearts are not evil. Likewise, we must allow others to hold us accountable when it seems we are moving away from God. When sin resides within us, we automatically begin the process of turning away from God. Unconfessed sin causes separation in our relationship with God. We must also warn others who are being deceived by sin. That reciprocal concern and interaction, in a nutshell, is accountability.
The writer continues with a promise of blessings for faithfulness to Christ. Sharing everything that belongs to Christ includes the hope of everlasting life, freedom from the curse of evil, entry into the very presence of Almighty God, and access to the power of the resurrection power of Christ while we are here on the earth battling our spiritual enemies.
If you have not confessed your sins to God today, there is potential for separation and hardening of your heart. If you struggle and will not receive loving encouragement to be accountable, be assured there is hidden sin and pridefulness in your life that requires removal through repentance.