the reaping is here. what are we sowing ought to be the question asked (along with lesson learned)

Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.

Galatians 6:7-10

For some time now in the United States, there has been a reaping going on from what has been sowed in past decades. And often that sowing was done by professing Christians. I am not convinced that those who say they hold to a high view of the Bible, and even call it God’s word, really believe that. Or at least it’s often not applied.

Today what we are seeing is simply a reaping of what has been sown. And much more bad is to come.

For they sow the wind,
and they shall reap the whirlwind.

Hosea 8:7a

The only hope I can see is that new life, something new can come out of the ashes. But in the meantime no one should be fooled into thinking that the path ahead of us will be an easy one, or somehow we’ll get off scot-free.

My main concern is not the nation, but the church. The church is the chief culprit. And now we all have to hold on. Hopefully learning from the past, all of us. And seeking by the Spirit with the Lord’s help to be sowing something much better now. Of the Spirit, not of the flesh, which has been the case in so much of what we’ve done, myself included, in the past.

In and through Jesus.

See Kristin Kobes Du Mez’s Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation.