Does Lying Pay Off?

It’s been quite awhile since we wrote about GM and the defective ignition switch issue, but it’s in the news again. It’s reported that federal prosecutors will probably bring criminal charges against GM for their treatment of a defect linked to more than 100 deaths. It would seem that prosecutors are nearing completion of their investigation, but issues such as settlement amount and if GM will be required to plead guilty may take more time. Prosecutors have been investigating specific GM employees for several months to determine if individual actions delayed vehicle recalls. Authorities are hearing criticism for not prosecuting individuals in cases like these.

Cover-ups go on in the corporate board room as well as in family circles. Hiding a problem or issue is perceived to give a reward or at least lack of loss. So we have to ask if a cover-up is really beneficial or costly. The answer could come from the Bible where it says “be sure your sin will find you out”.

Ultimately, the cost of concealment seems to be higher than if problems or issues were addressed when known. Hiding an issue means you have less in the end. Do you want to have more or less? Do you realize your decision will be based on whether you want to live a righteous life or one of sin? Which do you choose.

Interrupted Luck

Tom Brokaw, the former NBC Nightly News anchor, is quite emotional about the fact that he is in remission from what was thought to be incurable cancer, as reported in Parade Magazine. When someone has a successful career, and then hears the “C” word, it often causes one to reflect on the past, as did Tom. Tom credits his wife, Meredith, of 52 years as a key element of his “lucky life”. Tom was quoted as saying “I believe you make your own luck”. He also admitted that he gets in way over his head at times, but then just thinks he will work his way out of it somehow. Tom went on to write his memoir in a book titled “A Lucky Life Interrupted”, published by Random House.

So the question must be asked if life really succumbs to the Law of Chance. Let’s examine what chance really gives us. Suppose you take ten pennies and mark them one to ten and put them in your pocket. You then attempt to pull the pennies out in ascending order, putting the penny back in your pocket after each draw. Your chance of pulling penny number 1 on the first draw is 1 in 10. Your chance of drawing 1 and 2 in succession would be 1 in 100. Your chance of drawing 1, 2, 3 in succession would be 1 in 1,000. You can see that drawing 1 thru 10 in succession would be an unbelievable figure. The point to be made is that the Law of Chance eventually works against you. Ask anyone who spends much time in Vegas.

King Solomon, written about in the Bible, says that time and chance will overtake a person regardless of their wisdom, capability, wealth, or physical stature. Solomon is also telling us that chance is a losing proposition.

The Bible has several examples where God accomplishes His plan by what might appear as coincidence. In some cases an angel directs a person to do something and the people don’t know it was an angel. It is like a person who helps at the scene of a traffic accident but when help arrives they are not to be found. In other cases, there might be an earthquake or flood that causes certain people paths to cross.

I often think of a young man who was driving home from work very tired one day. While stopped at a red light, he got the thought that maybe he should get the battery replaced in his watch. He balanced this idea with the fact that he was also hungry and wanted to get home soon. He made the decision to stop at a nearby jewelry store which is where he met his wife-to-be. While some would argue it is just chance, God always seems to get His plan done. The young man thinks so.

The Bible tells us that a lot can be cast, but that it’s every decision is from the Lord. The Lord is intimately involved in His creation, even to the point of numbering the very hairs on our head. He is not only capable, but good. Are you trusting in chance or the Lord?

Gay Marriage

If anyone has been reading the news lately, they are well aware that arguments are being presented in the Supreme Court of the nation about the legalization of same sex marriage. Some of the questions people are wrestling with is if it should be allowed at the federal level or handled at the state level or perhaps not be allowed at all.

While there are many arguments for or against homosexual marriage, we haven’t noticed an argument out of God’s Word. The Bible consistently tells us that homosexual activity is an abomination to God and contrary to God’s plans for how people should live. Homosexual activity is a result of denying and disobeying God.

Some people may argue that they are predisposed to this type of activity since early childhood. But just because a person is predisposed to a behavior such as alcoholism, violence, lying, etc. that doesn’t excuse them for choosing to give in to sinful desires. The Bible tells us that the body is to be brought under subjection and that it’s lusts are not to be entertained.

While there are many sins, homosexuality is just one. God’s forgiveness is made available to those who practice it as well as those who are habitually committing some other type of sin.

When it comes down to it, the question is if we want to follow God and His ways or if we want to be able to do anything we like. The Bible tells us our very nature wants to rebel against God. Do you?