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God has given us the right to make decisions, but with that right comes responsibility and consequences

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Carl AdkinsWe as citizens of this great nation are responsible to help keep it great. Our nation is changing every day, some changes are for the better some for the worse. We as Christians face many choices, we will have to make decisions based on those choices. God has given us the right to make these decisions, but with that right comes responsibility and consequences.

The United States of America was founded on Christian beliefs and principals. The people of our country have fought and died to preserve our right to choose to worship God in our own way, or not at all. The Word of God says in Joshua 24:14-15 NKJV "Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the river and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." God does not force us to serve him, neither should our government interfere in whether or how we worship God. Unfortunately, in the last couple of years the government has done exactly that. It is sad that so many Americans are turning their backs on God, but that is their right to make that decision, and the consequences will be theirs as well.

As each year passes, we see so many changes, not only in America but throughout the world. It should come as no surprise to those of us who study God's Word. In Matthew 24:3-14 NKJV it says

"Now as he sat on the Mount of Olives the disciples came to him privately, saying, tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age. And Jesus answered and said to them: Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, saying I am the Christ, and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and the end will come."

If we look at many of the changes occurring all around the world today, we see they have been prophesied in the scripture. Even though it is our right to believe or not believe, we cannot look anywhere in the world today and not see biblical prophecy being fulfilled. All over America we see violence, civil unrest, sexual immorality, and crime. Every year things get worse and the government trying to take away increasingly of our liberty. We will never see the day when everyone in the world agrees about everything, as long as we are in the flesh. I challenge you to take a few minutes, ask yourself how a book written thousands of years ago could still be pertinent today. Old Testament prophets prophesying accurately about events happening in modern times.

We all are presented with choices, whether we are Christians or not. Some of those choices can be life changing, either to ourselves or to others. As we face these choices, we will have to make decisions, no one can make them for us. Every time we face a choice, we make a decision. Every time we make a decision, there will be a consequence. Good, bad, or indifferent but always a consequence. Let Jesus help, our choices will be brighter, our decisions wiser, our consequences lighter.

Trust in the Lord, lean not on your own understanding.

Carl "Eddie" Adkins is the lay minister at New Life Bible Chapel. He can be reached at 541-447-6543.

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