In our modern society, it is hard to find anyone who will admit to the heavy influence of God, Christianity, and the Bible on our nation’s founding.  Many people try to argue that our founders were all deists.  Indeed, there were a couple of founders such as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin that had deistic leanings, but even their philosophies and writings do not show purely deistic thinking.  These two men had a hodge-podge philosophy that reflected their broad reading of the best books of the time.  But they were also like most of our founders who read directly from the Bible quite frequently and quoted from it copiously.  It’s hard for us to understand the very religious Christian culture that these people lived in because we’ve become too proud and too smart in our material success to believe in the God that gave us all these gifts.  So, we have made the same mistake that the Israelites of the Bible made over and over again.  Every time that God blessed the Israelites, they would get proud and start thinking that their success came because they were “special” people, so they would rebel against Him.  This is the same arrogant thinking that pervades the intellect and discourse of many of our countrymen. 

Please don’t be deceived.  God’s judgment is coming like a freight train.  It has already started in some parts of the country where people are heavily secular and have rejected God almost completely, such as the northeast.  I shudder to think what else will happen to our nation as our proud people refuse to repent.  We are already reaping the consequences of our sin in many areas of our society as our institutions are crumbling one by one.  Like many people in our modern, secular society, God may in His Indulgent Will allow us to follow our own willful path of sin, but we cannot escape the consequences of our actions since His universe is set up under His Spiritual Law.  God’s Law is stamped on Nature itself, so that the effects of it are unavoidable.  You cannot get “beyond the long arm” of this law.  The upshot is that, if you disobey God and live a life of sin, you may at some point think you’re getting away scot-free from any repercussions, but bit by bit, the wickedness that you sow will consume you, making your life miserable, full of fear, brokenness, defeat, pain, etc.  The Bible tells us, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap” (Gal. 6:7).

I want to invite you to look closely at the words in this verse and to think about them.  First, the Bible uses the generic pronoun of “man” to refer to all people.  So this verse applies to everyone.  Second, when it says, “do not be deceived,” it is saying that, if you do not believe the truth of this verse, then you are only fooling yourself as it is absolutely true.  Third, the main truth that it is communicating is that there is a spiritual law stamped on nature itself such that, whatever you sow, however you live, whether good or bad, you will reap the rewards or consequences of what you do – not just in the afterlife in Heaven or Hell when you stand before God to be judged for your life, but also in the here and now.  I’ve seen this happen so often as people’s lives just disintegrate from the willful path of sin they have chosen.  I’ve seen it in the lives of many people, including a few soldiers that worked for me during my military career.  Sin most definitely has consequences.

I pray that, if you are not walking in fellowship with God, that you will rectify that today.  If you are walking in fellowship with Him, I pray that God will work in you abundantly so that you can be a shining light to those in darkness around you. 

 


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12/17/2016 12:23am

Worth reading,I totally agree with you many of us have forgotten what the God has sent us for and have lost faith on His presence,I have saw a few bestessay.org about the same discussion and i believe many should read and start pursuing for the sins they have done and seek forgiveness of Almighty God.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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