June 3 “The importance of consequences”

Nothing breaks a parent’s heart more than to see our children make foolish choices which can result in consequences for years to come. But there are some things we can do early on so God doesn’t have to allow more serious consequences later.

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Today’s Readings:
1 Kings 15 & 16
Psalm 69.22-28
Proverbs 17.25-26
John 13.1-20

1 Kings 15 & 16:

Modern day idolatry

It’s often difficult to understand how Israel could return again and again to idolatry. But, like us, they probably rarely made a conscious decision to stop worshiping God and begin worshiping some golden calf. Instead, there was most likely a gradual drifting away, making compromises toward the things of the world until those things began to look more enticing, even more normal, than the worship of God and His guidelines for their lives.

One of the attractions of pagan idolatry was its inclusion of all kinds of sexual perversion, including temple prostitution and fertility rites, and the use of drugs and other substances to induce so-called spiritual enlightenment. Now as then, it always starts with small things. The first step is deciding sexual perversion and drug use are no longer criminal, then acceptable. Soon they become a right and then just another version of normal.

As I’ve said before, we are called to love the people involved in these things (homosexuality, living together, any kind of sex outside of marriage, abortion, drug use), but we cannot allow it to become acceptable or somehow right in our thinking.

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