The survival of monogamous relationships and families as we now know it is under duress from the ungodly conditions around us with a surge in extra marital affairs, cohabitation common place nowadays, the explosion of pornography over the internet, and sexual perversion being systematically taught to school children. Conservative educationalists trace the influence of the sexual revolution to both the student rebellion along with the radical feminism of the 60’s. Perhaps, but it started long before that with the Fall. Let us now consider the decision to leave God out of our lives.
I think we have all heard that “what goes around comes around.” The Bible clearly teaches that we will reap whatever we sow. Do we truly realize the far-reaching implications of our choices on our lives and the lives of others — children, family members, co-workers, friends, society at large? The teaching of Scripture on being an example to others stresses this very point (2 Chron. 17:3; John 13:15; 1 Thess. 1:7; 2 Thess. 3:7-9; 1 Tim. 4:12; Titus 2:7). Being a good model is a form of sowing that can result in reaping Christlike changes in the lives of others. Trouble is that when God does not factor into our thinking our choices do have an opposing affect on others.
The Negative Side: reaping the wrong others have sown
We not only enter into the blessings God has bestowed, but we also reap the results of wrong others have sown both before us and around us.
- (1) We reap a certain amount of wrong inherited from our parents (Ps. 51:5; 58:3; Gen. 5:3; Ex. 20:6; 34:6-7; Num. 14:18).
- (2) We all reap the sin of Adam and we pass that along to our children. This means not only a sinful nature, but wrong behavior that children can learn from their parents such as indifference and lack of commitment to the Gospel.
- (3) We reap the consequences of bad decisions from corrupt leaders on a decaying society (see Isa. 2:5-3:15). This often includes the judgment of God on society.
We may learn vital lessons from past cultures when God was largely forsaken. I am quoting directly from a book written in 1787 by Edward Gibbon who, after 20 years of labour, completed his book The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. In it he attributed the fall of the Empire as being:
- (1) The rapid increase of divorce; the undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis of human society.
- (2) Higher and higher taxes and the spending of public monies for free bread and circuses for the populace.
- (3) The mad craze for pleasure; sports becoming every year more exciting and more brutal.
- (4) The building of gigantic armaments when the real enemy was within, the decadence of the people.
- (5) The decay of religion—faith fading into mere form, losing touch with life and becoming impotent to warn and guide the people.
Society needs the Gospel and Christians need to be eager to give it. Our labour is never in vain (1 Cor. 15:10, 58). It has consequential implications on others. The mass-media do what they can to make any kind of sin seem acceptable, so people lose the spirit of discernment between good and evil. In the Bible we read: “I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.” (Deut. 30:19). Christians should be living so that others will see the difference between a life lived in vain, and a life that is preparing for eternity. What kind of influence are you having in this world over others? May God help you to see the kind of effect you should be having on others.