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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

DOING OUR PART

Pharaoh finally, after the ten plagues, told the Israelites to leave Egypt. Then he changed his mind and said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us” (Exodus 14:5). He quickly organized an army to pursue them. His army consisted of hundreds of chariots.

            The Israelites had been guided by the Lord to a place where, without supernatural assistance, they would have been in an absolutely hopeless situation if attacked by the well-armed Egyptian army. They were surrounded by mountains on the west and south, the sea on the east, and the approaching Egyptian army on the north.

            From a human standpoint, their situation was indeed desperate. They lost their faith in Moses and expressed the wish that they were back in Egypt as slaves. Moses said unto the people, “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of Jehovah” (Ex. 14:13). Moses commanded the people to cooperate with God, do their part, and a way of salvation could be found. They had something they were to do, and God would then do what He was prepared to do!

            The proof that they had something to do is found in this verse, “And the Lord said unto Moses, wherefore criest they unto me? Speak unto the children of Israel, THAT THEY GO FORWARD” (Ex. 14:5). They were commanded to do their part and move forward!

            When God makes an offer, we must accept it. The Israelites were delivered from the bondage of Egypt and saved at the Red Sea, because they trusted in the Lord and followed his instructions to “GO FORWARD.”

            This lesson from the Old Testament was written for our learning and admonition (Rom. 15:4). This lesson furnishes us today with clear evidence of the fact that however desperate the situation may be, as it appears from a human standpoint, God is able to cause us to triumph if we will do our part. We should not concern ourselves with how God will be able to accomplish His will but should be solely concerned in whether or not we are doing our part.

            How can we do our part in the upcoming election? As Christians we need to elect people who will have the courage to help get us out from under the despotism of our judicial oligarchy! This is clearly an out-of-control judiciary who have imposed their moral views about sexual deviancy on our entire nation. We need to cast our votes and elect those who will challenge the lawlessness of the courts and help return us to the Rule of Law and the Rule of God!

            Now is the time to do our part, take our stand and vote for what is right and for Christian values. We need to decide which party supports these values and vote for that political party. The Bible is full of examples of how God used imperfect leaders to accomplish His will (Xerxes, Nebuchadnezzar).

            We must do our part in voting for the candidate who doesn’t support political correctness but uses common sense and the Biblical view. Good leaders cannot rule unless Christians help elect them (Prov. 14:34).

                                                                        ---- Earl Sutton