THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES FOR OUR ACTIONS! by Earl Sutton

 

In 1996 a grain ship, “Bright Field,” was heading down the Mississippi River near New Orleans, when it lost control, veered toward the shore and crashed into a riverside shopping mall. The impact demolished parts of the wharf and injured 116 people. According to the Coast Guard investigation, the ship’s owner and crew had failed to repair long-standing engine problems. This is a clear example of not doing what you should do and receiving the consequences of bad decisions.

            The Devil deceived Eve into thinking that there would be no consequences for eating the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:1-7). God said, “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, ye shall not eat of it lest ye die” (v.3) The Devil said, “Ye shall not surely die.” (v.4) Eve dilly-dallied with the temptation and contemplated the possibilities that the Devil had suggested and threw away all restrain and ate the fruit!  Why?  The Devil deceived her into thinking that there would be no consequences for sin.

            The Devil continues to lie to us today and tells our society that a little sin won’t hurt, a little indulgence is not a problem, a little transgression will never hurt anybody! The Devil tells us that we are only human and go ahead and enjoy sin. The Bible says, “The way of the transgressor is hard.” ( Prov. 13:15)

            Our society believes that it can live in disobedience to God’s will by practicing homosexuality and never suffer the consequences. The scriptures teach that there will be consequences for our actions. “Be not deceived: God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth unto his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption: but he that soweth unto the spirit shall of the spirit reap eternal life.” (Gal. 6:7-8) This basic principle applies to the physical world and spiritual realm as well. The word, “mocked” is a Greek word (mukterizete:) which means to turn one’s nose up at God. The point is that if a person sows to the flesh (homosexuality and sinful living) and turns up his nose at God, he shall go the way of all flesh, -- die and face the judgment of God where there will be consequences. (reap destruction – Gal. 6:8)

The scriptures emphasize the consequences of sin in other verses. Ezekiel said, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ez. 18:4) Paul said, “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:23)  Over and over, again and again, the Bible under all circumstances, emphasizes that we reap what we sow and that sin is always followed by consequences.

            There is rebellion in the hearts and in the behavior of many people in our society today. In view of the fact that sin will always have consequences, what can we predict for the future? According to the basic law of sowing and reaping, the answer can best be given in the words of the prophet Hosea, “They sow the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind.” (Hos. 8:7) There is one time of sowing (while alive), and there will be two times of reaping. We reap in this life and also reap beyond this life in the hereafter. Sin brings forth its consequences both here and hereafter.

            People may do things without realizing the consequences of their actions, but one day there is going to be an accounting! (Rev. 21:8)                                                                                                                                                                                           

MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN by Earl Sutton

Donald Trump has vowed to restore America to the Christian values that our Founding Fathers and God intended America to be. He does not use “politically correct” words describing America’s problems. Trump signals a rebalancing, a return to common sense in our political value system.

            How can we make America great again? America is still a great country in many respects. It is true that the increase in the crime rate is terrifying and our immorality is sickening, and other things going on are of serious concern. Where lies America’s hope to be great again?

            Science and engineering are important, but nations cannot live by this kind of bread alone. External things alone don’t make a nation great! Nations have fallen though they had great scientists,  untold wealth, armaments of war, and well-trained armies. The bottom line is that it isn’t what a nation has in its hands, but what a nation has in its heart that makes a nation great!

            The way to make America great again is not being fortified from without, but by being fortified from within. The Bible says, “The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong” (Eccl. 9:11). “Not by might, nor by power, but by spirit, saith the Lord” (Zech. 4:6). One of the greatest mistakes being made by individuals, national governments and our society today is to set about their objectives without including God’s help. We need to remember, if God is for us, who can be against us?

            What will make America great again, lies not just in our buildings, scientists, wealth, armies, but also in our Bibles! It is not in the measure of great income, nor in attainment, but in our atonement. It is not who we are, but in what we are! Our Christian values determine who we are as an individual and nation.

            The real hope of America being great again lies in our being as great morally as we are materially. A nation and society can survive a political or economic catastrophe, but no nation can survive a moral and spiritual collapse! The true picture of America’s moral condition is paralleled only by Paul’s description of the Gentile world in Romans 1:18-30). We simply need to listen to God and His word before it is too late. (II Chron. 7:14)

            What will make America great again? The hope of America lies in the heart of each individual. You, as an individual, can so live as to be a leavening influence. You can be as a light shining in a dark place. If God could save an entire nation through one woman (Esther), and spare a nation through the prayers of one man (Moses), who knows but that your prayers and dedication to God could go a long way to make America great again.

            Don’t hesitate to cry out against that which you see to be destroying the very foundation on which our nation rests. Write to those in authority, voicing your protest. Let your representatives know where you stand, and why you stand there which is the way to make America great again.

            It is high time that Christians reengage in our civil responsibility as voters and assert our constitutional rights. Our Constitution, under Article IV clearly states, “U.S. shall guarantee to every state a republican form of government.” This means that voters elect leaders to make public policies and laws, not the Supreme Court. Now is the time to take our stand and vote for restoring Christian values in order to make America great again.