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WHY WE DESERVE JUDGMENT, Part 5
BELIEVING THAT CHOICES DO NOT HAVE CONSEQUENCES

By Pastor JOHN ANDERSON

"There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death!" (Pr 14:12)

Apathy is tough to crack, and our society's is especially tough. September 11 didn't do it - will it take another attack? Will the emerging war between Israel and the Palestinians do it?

Our apathy is fed by our willful disconnect between our sinful choices and their consequences in judgment. The disconnect is nothing new: "You will not surely die," the serpent hissed to Eve in the Garden of Eden. In other words, "Go ahead and sin [only it is not called sin], nothing bad will happen."

Eve was convinced and ate the forbidden fruit - only to discover the lie: she did die.

Satan's lie to Eve was the first version of that clever deception which claims that choosing to sin will not have consequences. To this day the deception convinces plenty of willing dupes, with America and the West among the latest.

To say that a choice does not have a consequence is nonsense, like saying water is not wet, fire does not burn, a dog is not an animal. A choice IS the selection of a consequence. A choice equals a consequence. If I choose to wear a blue shirt, the consequence is I wear a blue shirt. If I choose to eat an apple, the consequence is I eat an apple. If I choose to turn left at the light, the consequence is that I turn left at the light. When I chose to marry Esther (after asking her), the happy consequence (after she said yes) was that I married her - actually our marriage involved two choices, hers and mine; but the principle is the same.

In our denial of the obvious, our society is living in a house of clouds, where circles have right angles, squares have seven sides, and parallels intersect. It's where you can plant weeds and grow roses and breed rattlesnakes and get a housedog. It's where lying is truth, where absolutes are maybes, and maybes are absolutes. It's where belief is feeling, and feeling is belief. It's where options are principles, and principles are preferences. It's where depravity has no repercussions. It's where some of the smartest reason as fools.

It's where America is now!

Our stupidity is producing witless and perilous logic. Premise one: The unborn has no humanity. Premise two: killing the unborn is legal. Audacious deduction: Since an unborn has no humanity, we kill nothing. Brazen conclusion: There can be no judgment for killing nothing.

By willfully believing the oxymoron of neutered choices, we have "choice" for a mother who wants to kill her unborn baby, but no judgment; we have "choice" for fornicators who want to defile themselves, but no judgment; we have "choice" for two men or two women who want to marry each other, but no judgment; we have "choice" to teach our children to sin, but no judgment.

Judgment has been so conveniently expunged from our thinking that we believe our sin builds a better world, a fantasy we've made part of our societal creed. "Choice" is reflected in Supreme Court decisions, in our laws, in the platforms of political parties, in political speeches, in movies, in TV programs, in music, and on and on.

Our denial is like the adulteress who "eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong (Pr 30:20).'" And like Judah's: "The Lord will do nothing, either good or bad," they rationalized (Zeph 1:12). And Jeremiah said, "They have lied about the Lord; they said, 'He will do nothing! No harm will come to us; we will never see sword or famine (Jer 5:12).'" Of course we know that the sword did come - brutally - to Judah when they fell to the ruthless Babylonians under God's judgment. What a devastating price for believing that sin does not have consequences!

Against the evidence, we in America and the Western Hemisphere still willfully believe the lie, "We shall not die."

What is the answer to this fatal delusion?

That, next time...

Let us pray together:
Our gracious heavenly Father, crack our apathy. With tears we pray, whatever it takes, wake us up - wake up Your Church! And may we earnestly seek Your face; and may You graciously grant us revival! In the name of Jesus, Your Son and our Savior and Lord, Amen.





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