The Ever-Watching Eye of the Conscience   Leave a comment

In the March 22-23, 2008 issue of the Wall Street Journal, I read a really insightful article that spoke of the power of our consciences:

In law enforcement, this lie-detector paradox is clearly on display. Polygraphy is a centerpiece in an expanding range of parole and probation programs that are designed to dissuade sex offenders and other felons from committing more crimes.
The recent experience of convicted gay pedophile Paul Duncan shows the polygraph’s contradictions and, its proponents argue, its promise. Last November, as part of a program in this southern Oregon town to monitor paroled sex offenders, Mr. Duncan sat in a small windowless room in a corrections center with polygraph sensors on his palm, chest, stomach and arm. Under the program, a parolee who fails the test, or admits to parole violations under the threat of a test, can be sent back to prison.
The machine’s operator asked: “Have you had sexual contact with a minor during the last six months?”
Mr. Duncan said he hadn’t. The polygrapher judged him to be lying. Mr. Duncan was sent to jail for 15 days.
In an interview after his release, the 33-year-old Mr. Duncan said reality had been more complicated. Mr. Duncan said he hadn’t, in fact, had contact with a minor. But he admitted he had violated his parole in another way — viewing online pornographic photos of young males, an activity he says had sparked his past pedophilic episodes. Mr. Duncan says he believes that while the polygraph got the specifics wrong, it revealed a broader truth: His conscience was guilty.
“I didn’t disclose my deviant fantasies — and I deserved to fail,” Mr. Duncan said of the test. “Don’t believe anyone who tells you polygraph doesn’t work.”

Although he didn’t commit a “crime”, he was guilty in that his conscience bore witness to the sinfulness in his heart. It’s amazing how the Lord can work to convict hearts. Brothers, let’s not ignore the guilt our consciences put on our hearts over our sins. We can lie to the world, but our hearts are laid bare before God and His polygraph–the conscience.

Helping the poor, serving the needy, and doing good deeds will not relieve your guilt, but will only mask it with a false sense of security. Because you and I know, to some level deep in our hearts, that we are guilty not only against those we wrong, but against a pure and holy God. “They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to mygospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus” (Romans 2:15-16). If you truly consider it, your conscience will reveal that you have transgressed the law of God and are guilty before Him. However, the same God who will judge all of us for our sins is also the one who provided us with the one and only way from receiving what we justly deserve.  “The blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, [will] purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God” (Hebrews 9:14). Turn to Him while you can. Turn to Him while His offer to relieve your conscience and purify your life still hold firm. Do not ignore your conscience because God has given it to us to convict our hearts unto repentance… turn to Him–your conscience calls you to it.

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Posted August 22, 2009 by Mitchell J. Kim in Uncategorized

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