By GF Herrin
Since it was New Year’s day today, I made a couple of resolutions that I wanted to achieve for 2022. One resolution was to go out more and share the Gospel to others. So, I found myself in uptown Charlotte this evening at the Transportation Center handing out Gospel tracts. One gospel tract found itself in the hand of a rapper type late 20s guy who was openly hostile to whatever I had to say. He talked back to me in a rapper sing song type of style of speaking and urged me to move on from his presence invoking expletives in the process. In a related diatribe, he also brought up the topic of karma and seemed to assume a role of authority in the subject of spiritual matters.
Karma really has no valid standing as a moral cosmic law that should guide our lives or cause us to live differently. To be sure, we should expect that our actions and how we treat other people will impact how they treat us in return. However, there is no cosmic boomerang effect that immediately hits us in the face if we do something wrong or sin.
The Lord Jesus Christ did tell us, though, to “ Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure-pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return” (Luke 6:38).
Also, the apostle Paul wrote,
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a person sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will reap destruction from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit, will reap eternal life from the Spirit.” (Gal. 6:7-8). So, we can understand that our bad actions in life will result in bad consequences.
But, the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches is that we all deserve destruction. The myth that we can somehow live a good life and do good deeds to earn our way to Heaven is simply NOT true
We all have sinned and deserve to endure the wrath of God as a punishment for our sins. (see Romans 3:23).
All of us, like sheep, have gone astray. Each of us has turned to his own way (Isaiah 53:6).
Enduring the wrath of God or being punished for our sins is an impending event that will take place at some future time UNLESS…
You repent (turn away from your sins) confess to God that you are a sinner, accept the forgiveness that Jesus secured for you by dying on the cross for your sins, and ask Him to be Lord of your life. Please, do it today. There is no guarantee that you will be alive tomorrow.