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Non-Negotiables and Zero Tolerance

It seems just yesterday the last school bell rang, buses made their final school year runs, graduations were held, and the beginning of a carefree summer began in the Atlanta metro and it’s already time for “back to school.”
Many schools hold to a zero tolerance position on some rules. For example, a student is not allowed to take anything to school that can be construed as a weapon. On Georgia highways, law enforcement and patrol officers adhere to a zero tolerance stance when it comes to drinking and driving, texting while driving, etc.
Rules and laws are originated in order to keep people in a society safe and to ensure that things run in an orderly fashion. I know we could argue about some of the laws on today’s books keeping people safe and our society civil. But without rules and laws, our society would be in chaos. People’s rights are protected and violators are respectfully punished in a perfect society. However, man is flawed and so it stands to reason that some of the laws are, as well.
Judges sometimes get things wrong. At times the innocent are punished, while the guilty go free. But God’s laws are perfect and He is a righteous judge over all the earth.
It may seem as though things are out of control, but the Sovereign Creator and Judge of the earth will one day put all things in order and make everything right. Now for some, that can be a scary thought. In the deepest recesses of the heart, man knows that one day he will stand before and face His creator, to give an account of his life, both the good and the bad.
But God in His holiness and righteousness has provided for himself a sacrifice, a perfect and spotless lamb—the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
Christ satisfied the full penalty for the guilty verdict every human being is/or has been guilty of. God extends his grace to any and everyone who will agree with His Word and accept the free gift of forgiveness that He offers.
No one need face God alone on the Day of Judgment to give an account of His life. Jesus has offered to represent each person. In fact, the judgment that every sinner deserves/d was nailed to the cross over 2000 years ago.
The laws of God are non-negotiables and being the Righteous and Holy God that He is, He has zero tolerance for sin. That may sound harsh, but every sin must be punished. He would not be righteous and just to let sin go unpunished. But in His mercy and grace, the penalty has been met and paid in full by His dear Son. A sinner needs simply to turn from His own sin, receive, and trust in God’s forgiveness through Christ’s death on the cross. The following verses illustrate the righteousness of God and His mercy, as well.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18 (KJV)
While God holds a zero tolerance for sin, He is rich in mercy and offers salvation to all who will call on the name of the Lord. Everyone will die; that’s a non-negotiable. But by the grace of God, we don’t have to fear death.