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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

INGRATITUDE by Earl Sutton


Our national anthem is our patriotic song which is played at public gatherings such as baseball games to inspire citizens and stimulate patriotism and loyalty to our country.

            San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, this week refused to stand for the playing of our national anthem in a so-called protest of wrongdoings against blacks. Kaepernick converted to Islam and is now engaged to Nessa Diab, a Black Lives Movement activist, who promotes what she calls “authentic Islam.”

            The truth is he has done absolutely nothing financially for thecause he claims to care about! He has not donated any of his $19 million dollar salary each year to any black causes. His net worth is estimated to be over $100 million, yet he has donated zero dollars toissues he claims to be so passionate about. (“By thy words thou shall be justified, and by thy words thy shalt be condemned.” Matt. 12:37) He needs to put his money where his mouth is!

            This is not only a clear example of ingratitude but also being hypocritical. Kaepernick needs to realize that the racist BLM (bankrolled by George Soros) are thugs that vandalize cities and collect welfare checks while many of our veterans are sleeping under bridges. Our veterans fought for him to have the freedom to not respect our national anthem!

            This reminds me of the time that Jesus approached a village, and ten lepers cried to Him from afar off to have mercy upon them. Jesus heeded their plea and healed them and sent them to the priest for ceremonial cleansing in order that they might be regarded as fit to associate with society again. As Jesus healed them, nine of them hastened on, feeling no desire to express gratitude for this marvelous blessing. Only one returned to give Jesus praise and He asked, “Were there not ten cleansed?  But where are the nine?” (Luke 17:17)

            Ingratitude is one of the most despicable of sins and is associated with a bad attitude (Rom. 1:21). Ingratitude is characterized by rebellious people in our society (II Tim. 3:1-2).  God has warned against ingratitude and wants us to “consider how great things he hath done for us” (I Sam. 12:24). Ingratitude is one of the weakest and worst of faults. It reveals an absence of noble character.

            Kaepernick, who is biracial, was abandoned by his black family as a child. He was adopted and raised by white parents. By supporting the racist BLM, which is stirring up hate between blacks and whites and turning our society against police everywhere, Kaepernick is performing a shameful act. He is like the elder brother in the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-24).

            You don’t hear Mr. Kaepernick disavowing the violence of Islam who have killed over 1,500 people so far in 2016 in terrorist attacks. His anti-American stance to not stand during the national anthem was a failed opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. He has dishonored his parents who raised him.

            May we always count our blessings and be grateful for them! (Col. 3:15)