A casket full of sex tapes!

It has been reported in The Daily Caller (December 24, 2018) that Hugh Hefner, the infamous owner and publisher of Playboy, purposely placed all of his private sex tapes and documents in a cement-lined casket and buried it in the ocean just days before his death. Reportedly, the items buried contained video tapes, audio tapes, pictures and other memorabilia related to his extensive sexual escapes with scores of women through the years. Marylin Monroe, Pamela Anderson, and scores of other women were said to have appeared in the illicit material. Clearly, Mr. Heffner was trying to hide, or destroy, the evidence of a lifestyle he wished to be removed from his dubious legacy.
The real question is not what Mr. Heffner was hiding, but more importantly, why was he was hiding it? It is not uncommon, of course, that most of us will face feelings of regret for the mistakes of our past when we face our own mortality. Like Mr. Heffner, we sometimes go to great lengths to hide, or cover up, the sins of our lives. This reckless desire to rewrite history doesn’t really solve the problem, does it?
While most all of us recognize the fact that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), we often go to great lengths to hide or eliminate our sin which can cause us to be lost. Our “secrets,” though hidden from others, are unfortunately visible to our God. The natural law of sin we understand from the Bible is that the “wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), and that God sees what is done in secret. The Psalmist declares in agony “You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence” (Psalm 90:8, NIV).
So, at the beginning of our lives we exist in a state of sinlessness. Along the way we accumulate what every soul does-sins that separates us from the God we love. “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2, NIV). Whether we realize it or not, though we have hidden our friends from our sins, God sees what is done in secret. In other words, you cannot tuck away your sins in a casket and bury it in the ocean in order to remove your responsibility for committing them.
What am I to do with the truckload of sins that define my life? Like you, I have committed more sins in my life than I can even remember. In one way, or another, I have likely committed sins that I would just assume others not find out about, not even God. However, the reality is that my life is naked and bare before the God of the universe who knows me better than I know myself.
Thankfully, God has provided a way in which He himself will remove my sin once and for all.
Jesus the Christ was given to man as a gift-sacrifice in order to forgive sins. “For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant” (Hebrews 9:15, NIV).
Individuals, sinners alike, can access the removal of sin by the grace of God. “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4-5, NIV).
Through the new birth (baptism), sinners can be saved from the sins they have been forgiven of. “And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3:21, NIV).
As you face the reality of sin, and your own mortality, don’t bury your sins in a casket, instead, bury them in the watery grave of baptism with Jesus. Your faith including belief, repentance, and confession will allow you to be the recipient of a true and perfect promise. God is “faithful” and “just” and will forgive your sins (1 John 1:9).