The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:
” Ezekiel 18:20b” 

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

II Corinthians 5:21 

 In the fall of 1975, I was transferred to Ellsworth AFB, S.D. and assigned to the 44th Missile Site Security squadron. I worked 3 days in the field, supervising the security staff at 5 Launch Control Facilities, with 3 days off (but one of those days off was usually spent in transit from the base to the LCF’s as the closest one was 100 miles from the base).  

As a Staff Sergeant (E-5), I supervised approximately 15-20 Air Force enlisted Security Policemen and oversaw the security of 50 nuclear missiles (10 missiles per LCF) located in and around the Badlands of South Dakota. Me, Mario, was in charge! 

Being in charge was good as long as it was when I was on duty. I soon found out, though, that being on duty and being in charge carried some responsibility. One time, on my days off, I received a call from the squadron to report to the Colonel (squadron commander). 

I had no idea what was up so I put on my uniform and drove into the base. At the office myself and an airman (one of the men I supervised) were escorted into the Colonel’s office where we stood at attention, saluted and reported in. The Colonel stayed seated, returned our salutes and just stared at some paperwork on his desk. 

After a couple minutes of letting us stand at attention, the Colonel looked up at me and said, “Sergeant Smith, why did this Airman receive a civilian speeding ticket?” 

I was dumbfounded! How was I supposed to know what this man did in his off time? How could I be held responsible for him? My name wasn’t on the ticket! 

Yet, I did bear some responsibility, just as our Colonel did. I am sure that the civilian police didn’t send the ticket to the Colonel, oh no, it went first to the Base Commander (a one-star general) and then to the Wing Commander (another Colonel) before it filtered to our squadron commander and now to me. 

(Of course, I am reminded of the blind man that Jesus healed in John 9 and how the Jews brought in the parents and asked them about their son and his healing. Their answer? “He is of age, ask him!” “Hey! He’s an adult! Ask him what happened!” In essence they said they were not responsible!) 

I looked at the man next to me and asked him to explain to us why he got a speeding ticket? He had no excuse, which is the correct answer to a military person. The Colonel confined him to base and took away his driving privileges for a period of time. 

After we left our commander’s office, I am sure that I also had a few choice words for this man who had ruined my day off!  

Now look again at the scriptures – God stated He would no longer hold the son responsible for the father’s actions and He would not hold the father responsible for the son’s behavior. Everyone was now responsible for themselves. 

That puts every human being in trouble! You cannot blame someone else for your sin! God will hold you responsible for your thoughts, intentions, behavior and actions! That is not a good place to be! 

However! HOWEVER!!! Jesus came and placed Himself between God and mankind and became sin! Not some, most, plenty, but every sin ever committed and every sin that will ever be committed! Jesus took all of God’s anger and punishment for our sins!  

He became responsible for me! He stood between me and God and said, “Father, I take responsibility for all of Mario’s sin.” Now, put your name where mine is and really think about that. 

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