Monday, October 31, 2011

As Society Sows…

By Ron Bartanen

   “Be not deceived.  God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.  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. 6:7, 8).
   Life has consequences.  As we sow, we reap.  It is an unavoidable “law of nature,” and it holds true not only for individuals but for society as a whole.
   Will Durant wrote, “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within.  The essential causes of Rome’s decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars” (Caesar and Christ: A History of Roman Civilization and of Beginnings to A.D. 325, p. 655).  On page 668 he attributes Rome’s downward fall to a serious decline of the native population and a rise in an alien population, infanticide (abortion), sexual emasculation (homosexuality), pestilence, revolutions, wars, epidemics, the welfare dole, moral decay, excessive expenditures on public works and amusements.  How many of these would fit America?
   With the erosion of spiritual and moral values in our country, can we any longer affirm, “In God we trust”? “Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov. 14:34).  Our nation was founded, and has long endured, upon a foundation of godly principles, but as we have slept an enemy has sowed tares among the wheat.  Secular Humanism, occultism, nihilism and atheism are now being sown in our children’s hearts.  But remember: As society sows, society reaps!

- Ronald Bartanen preaches for Arthur church of Christ, Arthur, IL.  He may be contacted through the congregation's website:

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