Recently, we as a nation, have gone through the death and funeral of a former president. For the best part of a week, countless stories were told of his life and accomplishments. Numerous testimonials were given by heads of state, from our own and many other nations. Most news- papers took whole pages for pictures, biographies, anecdotes, and evaluations of what he meant to our country and it’s millions of inhabitants. If you still happen to have one of those newspapers handy, turn over to the obituary section. It is very probable that you will find there a name that will be totally unfamiliar to you. Beneath that name you may find their life encapsulated in the space of three or four sentences. Romans 2:11 says, “for there is no respect of persons with God”. As both the former president and the unknown person passed through the gates of death, they stood on equal ground before the Lord. They were two members of God’s creation preparing to give account for themselves. There was no more applause or adulation to help sway the results; there was no more anonymity that could hide a multitude of sins. “for we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad”. (II Cor. 5:10) They were both measured by God’s standards and found either sufficient or wanting. You may choose to disbelieve this, in fact, you may choose to disbelieve the Bible. It is your choice. Phil. 2:10-11 says, “that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, and things in the earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father”. It doesn’t say just Christians will bow the knee and confess, it says every knee and every tongue. There’s no exceptions. The former president and the stranger knelt and acknowledged that Jesus had the right and authority to pass judgement upon them. And when our time comes to also bend the knee and confess, will it be with a willing spirit or a mind-set that our knee must be bent for us.

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