|THINK ABOUT IT...
This Conquest article is not
about tithing, but a quote is fitting before I get to the subject: "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But
ye say, "Wherein have we robbed thee?" (Malachi 3:8).
No, the subject here is that anyone, individual or business, who doesn’t
pay his or her debts, is a thief and a robber. And even if he pays months later, he has been a thief in deferment. If you
intend to pay someday, you’re causing inconvenience to that person, because it may make him unable to do what he should
for his family, or for those debts of his own.
As for owing a business…it has expenses you don’t even dream about. Take this Radio Station, for example. The
music companies from which they get the music you hear, charge them every month, right off the top, just like the taxes they
owe. And the staff doesn’t wait for a few weeks or months for their paydays. And of course the regular expenses like
utilities must be paid or else. And so failure to pay on time causes serious problems.
And no matter who you owe, "I’ll pay you later" is
at least a "white lie," if there is such a thing. Paying after a debt is due is wrong. The Apostle Paul said to
"owe no man anything," (Romans 13:8), but that was in the days before installment buying and even Lay-away plans.
There’s no sin in owing, so long as the buyer sticks to his agreement on how and when to pay.
Actually, following that verse eight, Paul covers
all bases nicely by saying, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Even Christ Himself put that as covering
all the Ten Commandments, saying, "There is none other commandment greater." And should I quote the Golden Rule?
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" (Luke 6:31 and Matthew 7:12).
And God didn’t say these things just for Christians. Every
person in the world is obligated to handle debts on time. But true Christians shouldn’t have to be reminded, and the
rest should love themselves, to keep their self-respect. Try it.
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.