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Ideas and Actions = Consequences

" Ideas Have Consequences" so penned the late southern critic, Richard M. Weaver, while writing one of his greatest books with that very title. Actions also have consequences. The Word of God says: "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also REAP." (Gal. 6:7); emphasis mine).

All the above is very true. Yet, we live in a society that does not think that people ought to have to face consequences for their actions, deeds or ideas. Today men do not want to be held accountable for their actions and they don't want to reap what they sow, if it is bad for them (e.g. Homosexuality and Aids or other serious sexually transmitted diseases among this group and/or heterosexuals). We have so many 10 or Twelve Step Programs around today (even in the churches now, sad to say). Many times these programs will try to help those, who go through them, see that after all it was not their fault - they were born that way - or perhaps someone in their life (read: parents) really messed them up. "It is not my fault" is what they learn to cry or, perhaps, "It is that woman you gave me, Lord". Sound familiar? Blame shifting is a favorite past time of many a man (and woman) trying to escape bad or evil consequences of their actions.

 

There is a desire, today, to go through life "risk-free". Man wants to be guaranteed that "all will be well" with him no matter what type of lifestyle he lives or whatever he does. Whether that be a guaranteed "success" in a fragile market; a guaranteed "protection" from mass murderers such as the like of a Timothy McVeigh or the idiots of Columbine; a guarantee that he won't be killed by a gun or be killed by an SUV; or that as a "heavy chain-smoker" he won't die of lung cancer; etc. That "guarantee" is usually expected to come from the god of his society - Uncle Sam.

 

In fact, man is so willing to be free of the consequences from his own bad ideas and actions, to be risk-free, that he is willing to give up some/much of his freedom in order to have this (false) ideal situation. It seems that our government is more than willing to oblige. They will give man more laws to help protect him, more gun laws (it doesn't matter that those gun laws already on the books don't work), more regulations on free markets, more civil suits against cigarette companies and car manufacturers, etc. All the time taking away more of his freedom. But this man does not care for he is being guaranteed a more "secure" and "risk-free" life. Or so he thinks.

 

Man cannot escape "reaping what he sows" nor can he escape the risks of freedom. Because of the Fall we will face risk daily, we will face death daily. The Bible says that we will face the consequences of our ideas/actions here and in eternity: "… For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life." ( Gal. 6:8). Ideas and actions do have consequences in this life. By God's grace we even reap His blessing here on earth while being obedient in His Kingdom work: " And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith" (Gal. 6:9-10). CS Lewis once said: "If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this."


I conclude with RJ Rushdoony: "The dream of a risk-free life is an evil dream, because it is in essence a denial of causality; it is an insistence that cause and effect do not exist, and it is a denial that the 'wages of sin is death' ( Rom. 6:23)." (Roots of Reconstruction, p.370). No doubt about it. We will reap what we sow....for good (both physical and spiritual) or for evil ( again, both phsyical and spiritual). There is no middle or neutral ground. Believers, you have the privilege to have your ideas and actions, brought captive to the obedience of Christ and His Law/Word, bring godly consequences in this life as well as the next. Go for it!

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