The Joy of the “Uncovered” Criminal

I write to comfort a friend whose corruption has been exposed …uncovered, disgraced and now facing ridicule, trial and possibly at least a decade in prison.   All the millions you stole and injustices you sponsored had been haunting you – and now … you see a certain prison sentence ahead as all your evil transactions are exposed. You never expected things to end this way. Still …

Many of God’s most treasured servants in scriptures spent time in prisons albeit that they were innocent… Joseph, Jeremiah, Paul. You were not innocent, but may meet someone God will send who will bring the word of God to you there. I remember the many times I spent visiting prisons on evangelism … there, I found hearts far more open to receive Christ, already broken and humbled by their many sorrows. Perhaps this could be the opportunity for you to discover a true repentance and be born again in Christ … you will have more free time and more interest than any other time to read the Holy Scriptures … and what a treasure you will discover. You will find that Christ is the friend of sinners and He calls you to repentance and a new relationship with Him which will last into an eternal bliss. In eternity you will fellowship with others like Zacchaeus the tax collector who also repented of many corruptions, and many “joyful” prison mates of Paul who found Christ through his ministry in jail.

But as for you, who remains covered and free in many “hidden” corruptions, perhaps no one on earth has the courage to point to your evil thefts, most of which will not be discovered and indeed cannot – your trails have all been wiped completely clean. Indeed you have whitewashed your past thefts with much charitable giving, sponsoring many good works and giving to churches, trusts etc. funding so many good causes. Instead of exposure, you are again soon to be conferred with the highest honours in the land after many promotions, and after having built so many successful ventures and causes on the foundation of stolen “booty”. So much time has passed, and soon all will completely forget like all mortals do and the stealing, bribery, corruptions, abuse will remain permanently undiscovered even to your grave in ripe old age, where thousands will gather at what they see as a glorious departure. Your Pastor has suggested (without your confession and restitution) that God has forgiven you and all the evidence you observe points to this. And maybe He has … I do not know.   You have been told that God can use “strange means” to bless you … He can. But ponder a while, Zacchaeus did not need EFCC or any criminal investigations to confess and return multiples of all he had gained through cheating. Zacchaeus uncovered himself as a criminal that he may obtain a greater joy.

Do you need Buhari, the FBI, IRS or someone else to find you out before you confess all the cheatings and evils that you know about and have concealed or benefitted from, even though decades have past … the source of diverted funds – with which you have fed your family and built “success” ?

Luke 19:8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” 9 : Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

God sees all … dwells in eternity, is omnipresent and omniscient. Will it not be too late at the gates of eternity, if (and I say if) you find you are admitted into an eternity of damnation in wailing and torment because of your hidden crimes?

You mocked at the weakness of earthly justice with temporal consequence, forgetting that the justice that counts the most will be God’s justice with eternal consequences. A day may come when you will wish you had been uncovered …you will wish you had been caught and exposed by an imperfect judicial system. You will wish you had made a mistake and left a trail for your arrest. You will have much preferred to spend twice the sentence you would have got in the worst of jails, than to face the prospect of even a day in the hell prepared for demons and devils.

As for my friend who was uncovered … the times ahead may be hard, but Jesus has not turned His back on you … still go to Him, and the times in His presence will be times of joy … even in the darkest pit.

God bless you, my friend. Jesus is waiting.

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