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There’s been news about a new controversial social (or anti-social) networking website called UnVarnished.  ABC News has description of it:

Kazanjy said his site, which is currently invitation-only and in beta, is intended to be an online resource for those managing and researching professional reputations. It’s not about who’s best in bed, he said, but rather about a person’s management style, productivity, integrity and relationships.

“Professional reputation resides in the brains of all your colleagues and co-workers, and it’s very hard to access that,” he said. “This is the place for productive conversation about this topic.”

Using mechanisms similar to those that power review-sharing sites like Yelp, TripAdvisor and Amazon, Kazanjy said his site is trying to provide an “unvarnished” window into a person’s professional identity.

Like the popular professional networking site LinkedIn, users can request reviews of themselves and provide reviews of co-workers or others in their industry. But the key — and controversial — differences are that all reviews are anonymous and users can’t delete any reviews about themselves.

For critics, the lack of profile control means nothing but trouble. Any co-worker or subordinate with a bone to pick or score to settle could head to the site and post an unfairly critical review, they say. And without their identity to hold them accountable, what’s to stop online trolls from defaming anyone they want?

Of course there’s discussion about whether people can be objective in their critiques of individuals, and whether it might be “smear”.

It got me tangent to think about what if God were to comment on your UnVarnished page…what would it reveal about you, and what you are hiding?  Do you think you are a good person in the sight of God?  Have you violated Gods Commandments?

For instance, take Exodus 20:4,

You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth

Have you ever had anything take the place of God, in importance? If so, those have become your idols.  You are an idolator.

How about Exodus 20:7,

You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

Have you ever used God’s name or Jesus lightly? (For instance, saying the name of Jesus as a cuss word when you are angry, hit your toes, etc)  If so you have violated this commandment, and have blasphemed.  You are thus, a blasphemer.

Do you honor your mother and father (Exodus 20:12)?

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.

Have you committed Murder (Exodus 20:13)?

You shall not murder.

Most will say “Of course not”, that they are not a murder.  Pay attention to Jesus words about this commandment from Matthew 5:21-22=

You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’

22“But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

Have you hated anyone or called them a fool?  If so, in essence you have committed murder in your heart.  You are a murderer at heart.

Have you ever had sex with someone else’ s spouse  (Exodus 20:14)?

You shall not commit adultery.

If this is the case, you are an adulterer.

Have you ever stolen (Exodus 20:15)?

You shall not steal.

If so, you are a thief.

And those were a few commandments!  If the Law of God has revealed to you your sins, and you want to be right with God, then what you need is a Savior.  We can never on our own be “good enough”, which is why Jesus came to die for the sins of those who accept Him as their Lord.  He had to take the penalty for our sins by dying on the cross, and whoever shall confess that Jesus is Lord with their mouths, and believe that God has raised Him from the death shall be saved!

If God has convicted you for your need of a Savior, drop us a line.

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