Causes Have Effects On Our Lives

Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans, “The wages of sin is death.”

When I hear that, my mind pictures one of those hardhearted, judgmental types of people who aggressively invade your space and tell you you’re going to Hell.

Actually, I think he was trying to say that “what we sow, therefore shall we reap.” Jesus taught also about causes and effects in our lives.

We could call it the eventual burning in Hell with images evoked from Dante or Renaissance paintings. Better to think of it as the hell we live in if we don’t pay attention to causes and effects.

In America, many writers are exploring the increasing income divide  between rich and middle class-to-poor people. I wish to discuss neither economics or politics. Rather, I recently saw a talk where a graph was displayed showing the correlation of the decline of marriage and growth of economic inequality.

The decline of stable marriages with two partners pulling together has had disastrous effect on the quality of many lives. Life becomes a struggle, which you have to face alone–or with children mixed in a family where each have different parents. Years of political and economic policies along with business decisions to drive down wages makes it mandatory to have two incomes to live a middle class lives. Saw this coming in the late 80s. Now we have it full on.

I remember still being a rebellious adolescent. “You’re not going to tell me what to do. I don’t need those conservative structures.”

It’s not about conservative or liberal. We grow and observe with increased clarity. What  we sow, so shall we reap. Some confuse freedom–much like the so-called prodigal son. He squandered his inheritance–in the Greek his essence, his very being.

Responsibility, marriage, commitment. These are not conservative words. They are not slavery words. They are growth words. Only from a strong foundation can we grow into the peace of Christ. I think that this is a Spiritual practice that helps us toward ultimate freedom of a with-God life.

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