You Will be Held Accountable

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Jeremiah 51:15-33

We are living in a day when life is cheap. If a person wants something that another person has, it is okay to kill to get it. But God says, “No way.”

Thirty years ago, as a young pastor, I stood before my Babylon, the leaders of my city, reputed to have been at that time the most corrupt city in America: Cicero, Illinois. On behalf of the Minister’s Council, I said, “The day is coming when you men will stand before Almighty God and give an account for the way you are running this city.”

The newly-elected town president muttered a curse to the man next to him, rose to his feet to reply, and before he could get a word out, fell over dead.

For about a week there was all sorts of uproar and consternation in Cicero and Chicago. Then things settled back to the way they had been since Al Capone.

There is one kind of repentance that lasts about a week. You hear a powerful sermon, you resolve to change your way of living, and how long does it last? But there is another that turns things around completely and keeps them that way. Babylon went back to reveling and debauchery. And down she went. Would anybody be
be so foolish as to try that today?


Gracious God, You have taught us that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. Don’t let me go flipping through life as though no day of reckoning were coming. In Jesus’ name. Amen.