What went on that night?
Perhaps it was confusion, a raging headache, construction cones, and there was nothing to admit or confess because of innocence. Perhaps it was confusion, substance use, seeing a person hit, and a force pressed against Senser from admitting responsibility because of guilt. The jury found Amy Senser guilty of knowing she hit a person and leaving the scene.
We all have experienced that force causing us not to be truthful. One snowy morning I passed a car on my way to high school. After passing, I saw the car spin out and go into the ditch. I turned around and discovered it was a classmate of mine who was not hurt, her car was not damaged, just stuck. She was very appreciative of my stopping and helping. She explained that this “idiot” driver passed her, momentarily blinding her in a swirl of snow, she could not see the road and went into the ditch. I struggled with a force compelling me not to admit I was the “idiot” who passed her. If I was truthful, I would move from being the hero helping to the idiot causing.
While farming with my father I was sorting heifers in the cattle shed. I controlled the crowding herd with a broken fork handle minus the tines. I struck one heifer on the head and to my shock, she dropped dead. A force pressed upon me not to be truthful to my father.
The bible describes this force as sin. Sin is anything that is against God. The struggle to be truthful and take responsibility is not just against a jury, a classmate or parents, it is against God. Sin occurs whenever a wrong desire becomes an action.
James 1:13-15 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
I told tell my classmate that I was the “idiot” who caused her to go into the ditch and that I was sorry. Jesus gave me victory over sin and my classmate gave me forgiveness for my carelessness.
My father passed away without ever knowing what caused the death of that 500 lb. healthy heifer. My desire gave birth to the sin of dishonesty and deception. I cannot confess to my father, but have confessed to God.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Victory for Amy Senser, myself and for you over the force of sin is through Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:56-57 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
How does Jesus give you victory throughout your day?