A society that rejects god, suffers the consequences
It doesn’t surprise me that there is a proclamation of “no god” whenever we hear of a tragedy such as the mass murder of innocents at a school.
It is not much different from the senseless slaughter of people throughout history. God is often blamed or disavowed as existing because the disaster was not stopped. God, they reason, is quite capable of saving human life, if he existed, but failed to do so. He claims to be good, therefore there must be no God.
Some even go as far as believing that God is a fairy tale, though they would be hard pressed to explain the lives that have been changed for the better by a belief in God. When a marriage is restored, a life of crime changed, a restitution of property stolen, or an immoral life replaced by a moral one because of faith in God, the question is why didn’t their previous life of unbelief produce the same results?
One may continue to question the belief in God, but it is impossible to adequately explain a changed life because of a belief in Him. Consider the mass murderers in our country. Can anyone honestly claim that these evil individuals were Christians? Were any of them acting on Bible principles? Why is God blamed for the consequences of the wickedness of these men? Can anyone honestly believe that God wants people to suffer?
Now consider the unbelief of these individuals. Does their unbelief lift mankind upward or downward? How has their unbelief helped anyone? Does it bring happiness, comfort, or purpose?
When a society rejects God, there are always consequences that follow. The innocent sometimes die and the guilty sometimes escape judgment in this life. Life is unfair and will continue to be so until the Lord of Lords and King of Kings rules this world. If God were to punish every sin when committed, none of us would be left alive as all of us have sinned against God, Romans 3:23.
God operates by universal principles that are unchanging. One such principle is found in Galatians 6:7 that states, “Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
What can we learn about reaping and sowing? First of all, we always reap what we sow. One cannot plant bitterness and expect happiness. One cannot plant immorality and expect to find morality. One cannot plant unbelief and expect to find God. As we have sowed so shall we reap.
Second, it usually takes time for the harvest to arrive. Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 8:11, “ Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” It may seem for a while that we get away with sin, but in reality, no one does. Everything we have done has consequences, whether it be for good or evil. We will reap of the good that we have done just as surely we will reap of the evil that we have done.
Third, we always reap more than we have planted. The evil we do will come back to us with interest. The same will happen with the good that we have done. No one can escape this universal law. It is true whether we believe in God or not. As a nation, it appears that we are reaping what we sow.
While there is no guarantee of a painless life, God has made a way of escape. It begins with acknowledging Jesus as your Lord and Savior and asking Him to forgive you of your sin. Eternal life is promised to all who ask Jesus from a sincere heart. John 3:16 declares, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Why not trust him today for eternal life?
The Rev. Art Zacher is pastor at Berean Baptist Church in Fairfield. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rev. Art Zacher