Image via WikipediaAs the years pass, the wisdom of the New Testament is, of course, confirmed: you reap what you sow. I have seen it in many cases. The person who always liked to cut ethical corners ends up in very serious legal trouble. The female who thought that there was no social cost to being serially promiscuous discovers that she has lost a certain, crucial credibility that she cannot regain from everyone. The bullying, bossy "leader" ends up deserted by former cooperators. The materialistic, status-hungry person ends up in a meaningless, vacuous lifestyle.
Even entire communities pay the price. Cities burdened with years of corruption, mediocrity, and mismanagement find themselves in ever more desperate predicaments. Proud national churches with a culture of dysfunctional substance abuse combined with a dysfunctional code of silence end up in terrible scandals that make headlines all over the world.
In all these cases, the individuals and communities concerned went about their disastrous course of action with aplomb and great boldness. Some even went about it quite jovially and proudly.
I am sure readers have seen the same phenomenon. A word to the wise: tally up the long-term costs before cavalierly assuming that you will get off scot-free in capricious, reckless, and obtuse behavior.
"Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap."
Galatians 6:7 (ESV).