By Leonard Lauriault
I have a hate-hate relationship with shaving. I hate to shave, but I hate even worse not being clean-shaven every morning and I never get as close a shave as I’d like. Recently, the foil screen on my electric razor got a nick in it (sounds like karma, although read on).
I ordered a replacement part and while I awaited its arrival, I kept trying to use the razor, only adding to what looked like claw marks on my neck. My wife worried that people would think she’d had my throat in her clutches. Finally, I resorted to one of those multi-bladed, disposable, “safety” razors. Five blades means five opportunities to cut myself on every stroke. The first morning, I took off part of my upper lip and a fair chunk of my chin, along with several minor nicks. At least there were no new claw marks.
After that, I was more careful and I didn’t get any more severe cuts although the replacement foil didn’t arrive for over a week. In fact, by the time it came, the first major wounds had healed, although, it seemed that the new part arrived about 1000 nicks too late.
I used the my electric razor again the morning after the foil arrived and my first thought was, “Wow, it feels great to get a close shave and still save my skin!!” Then I thought, “Well, that’s life for the Christian.”
We’re going to face a lot of negative close shaves here on earth. Among those is persecution, which will only get more intense for Christians as time progresses, but Jesus will arrive just in the nick of time to rescue us from the worst of it (2 Timothy 3:12; Matthew 24:19-22, 29-31; Hebrews 9:27-28; be sure to read all scripture passages as they’re cited).
Sin also brings us into a close shave with death and everyone does it, including Christians, although God doesn’t execute that punishment immediately in most cases anymore (Romans 6:23; 3:23; Psalm 103:10; Acts 4:34-5:11). Christians should have the hate-hate relationship with sin Paul described very well in Romans 7:14-25, where he talks about doing what he didn’t want to do and not doing what he wanted to do (James 4:17).
If we confess our sins to God in repentance seeking forgiveness, it’s as if we’d never sinned as far as God is concerned because Jesus’ blood continually cleanses Christians who walk in the light and try to avoid sin (Amos 5:14-15; 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22; Colossians 1:21-23; 1 John 1:5-10). Consequently, despite the fact that we’ve sinned as Christians, when Jesus comes back for us, he’ll also rescue us from sin and death through his own death, burial, and resurrection and we’ll be found blameless at the final judgment. That being said, although we’ll be found blameless, we’ll still have a close shave with eternal punishment because we’ll be scarcely saved – by the skin of our teeth (1 Corinthians 3:15; 1 Peter 4:17-18).
Will you survive that close shave?
Leonard Lauriault is a member of the Church of Christ in Logan. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org