Good or Bad Decisions.

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Good or Bad Decisions
Good or Bad Decisions

Our Sunday reading was the Genesis account of Abram and Sarai, and I was totally struck by the aptness of the story toward this point: We can act in our own understanding (As Abram and Sarai conspired to produce their son Ishmael from Hagar the serving woman) or we can act on God’s understanding, (as the renamed couple later did when Isaac was miraculously born to 90 year old Sarah and Abraham).

  • Two Decisions, Two World-Changing Consequences

From Ishmael sprang the 12 Princes that became the Arab nations, the prophet Muhammad (Mohammed or Muhammed), and the whole of Islam.  From Isaac came down the 12 tribes of Israel, Moses the OT prophet and law-giver, and the line of King David which led to Jesus Christ, and to the whole of Christendom today.

  • Islam vs Christendom

Present world conflict consists largely in the Jihad, or holy war that Islam appears to want to impose on Christendom: The ongoing Taliban conflicts in Afghanistan; the never-ending Palestinian battle; the September 11 outrage and its endless aftermath of copycat terrorism and skirmishes with Al Qaeda. These are the visible outworking of that fundamental conflict.  Hardline Muslim clerics  preach endless messages themed around “death to Christians”; and the saying, “that the only good Christian is a dead Christian”, is usually attributed to the followers of  Islam.

  • Good Thoughts or Bad?

It is apparent to me that if we act in our own understanding we run the risk of making decisions with possible far-reaching and terrible consequences – likewise if we act on God’s understanding, we court the possibility of doing acts that can have equally far-reaching consequences, but they will be the outworking of God’s love in the world, as we obey.

  • 4000 Years on…..

Abram’s own decision, the one that produced Ishmael, taken 4000 years ago, is continuing to have a major impact on the world events of  today.  This is a very clear illustration of the promise God later made to Moses that the sins of the fathers would be visited on the later generations.  It is a chilling reminder that we are called to bear the consequences of ALL we decide to do; and it is a timely reminder to be very sure that what we do do, is in direct response to the will of our Loving Heavenly Father!

9 thoughts on “Good or Bad Decisions.

  1. A lot of of what you articulate is astonishingly appropriate and it makes me ponder why I hadn’t looked at this with this light previously. This particular piece truly did turn the light on for me as far as this specific subject matter goes. Nonetheless there is actually just one factor I am not too comfortable with so while I make an effort to reconcile that with the core idea of the issue, permit me see what all the rest of your readers have to point out.Very well done.

  2. I just wrote on Abram and Saria awhile back, but on a different topic although it is kind of related. I was talking about insecure relationships, and really focused on the inability of Abram to stand up to his wife’s suggestion of sleeping with Hagar. Instead of being secure in the promise of God, Abram gave in to the seemingly “easy” decision of creating the line himself. Good thoughts!
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