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Galatians 6:7-9
Thursday, December 20 2012

Reap What You Sow...

As an individual or as a nation, we should not be surprised about the results of our actions:

Make no mistake: God is not mocked, for a person will reap only what he sows, because the one who sows for his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows for the spirit will reap eternal life from the spirit. Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. –Galatians 6:7-9, NAB

If our God is a loving God, why does He allow evil into the world?  Could He not stop these tragedies from happening, such as the recent incident in Newtown, Connecticut?  Where is God when tragedy strikes?

The Western culture has done everything it can to push God out of society, so He was exactly where we wanted Him to be.  How can God make an impact on society when we have done everything we can to drive Him out of it?  We are beginning to reap what we have sown.

In society, we have begun to embrace sex, violence, and other sinful ways as expressions of "freedom."  We take advantage of the free will that God has given us.  Letting evil slowly creep into society is our own choice - not God's - so we should not be surprised when those evils turn back around on us.

At the same time, we have pushed God out of the public square.  Lawsuits about a Nativity scene in front of City Hall, the removal of "In God We Trust" from public buildings, and other efforts to secularize society are becoming rather common.  God allows us to choose to have a relationship with Him, and as a society, we are choosing not to.

Mainstream media has tried to blame recent tragedies on gun control, inadequate mental healthcare, and a number of other political reasons, but make no mistake, these tragedies happened because of the black hearts of men that are a product of a nation with it's back turned on God.

You reap what you sow - as an individual, a community, a nation.  If we want to stop these tragedies from happening, we need to turn our lives over to God, first as individuals.  As more individuals embrace God, whole communities will turn around, which will then lead to nations and the entire Western culture.

We cannot change what happened in Newtown, CT; Aurora, CO; Virginia Tech University, Columbine, CO; or the other tragedies over the past two decades, but we can find hope for a better future in Christ.  That future begins with us.

I leave you with this video from Fr. Robert  Barron and Word on Fire Ministries, where he goes into more detail about the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut:

 

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