Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Staying Connected
April 10 – April 16 
Scripture Passage: “Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knows not that the dead are there; and that her guest are in the depths of hell.”   Proverbs 9:17-18. 
Dear Friends,
      In going through a book of church signs, I came across a saying that stirred my pastoral heart. “Forbidden fruit creates many jams.” In all of our family acquaintances, or circle of friends, we have someone who seems to have lost their ever loving mind. They are secretly carrying on conversations through cell phone text messaging and secret rendezvous in back alleys and parking lots. They believe that no one knows and they continue to live life as if they are living righteously at the foot of the cross. The funny thing is almost everyone knows what is going on and the only one in the dark is the person’s spouse. In our world of technological advances it is almost impossible to keep a secret. Once words are typed in text messages they are retrievable forever. With camera phones, a car in the wrong place or a person seen in questionable company is documented with the push of a button. With social media such as Facebook and Twitter your secret becomes public knowledge before you leave the scene of the affair. Sins that used to make people blush do not even cause a tinge of guilt today. The sins that would have caused a person to be “churched” in the past, now have to be addressed by the pastor in secret to protect the name and standing of prominent people in the church and community. In some instances, the people do not care who knows nor how much it damages the family name. They want what they want, they “love” who they love, and they do what makes them happy regardless of what damage it does to others. The sad reality is that what makes them happy today is gone tomorrow and then they are looking for the next big thing. 
     With these musings in mind let me expound upon them with Scripture to back my thoughts up. Jesus said in Luke 8:17, “For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be made known and come abroad.” It may take a little while, but everything will become clear and people will be able to discern what really happened as everything plays itself out. When we try to force the issue, we often come out looking like the “bad guy.” Remember do not stir in a pile of cow manure if you do not want to smell the stench. (That is some philosophical thoughts that come from back on the farm.)  Second, “Be sure your sins will find you out.” Numbers 32:23    I am living proof that you cannot do wrong and get by. Everything I ever did as a child, and everything I did as a young man has eventually come back to haunt me. When our “chickens come back to roost,” (there is some more barnyard philosophy) there is always a price to pay and a consequence that goes along with it.   There are certain things that can only go on for so long before everything begins to fall apart and unravel at the seams.  When this begins to happen we become exposed with nothing to hide behind. Finally, “You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all of the time. You cannot fool God any of the time – He knows.” We apparently believe that if we have our sins hidden from certain individuals, we are alright. “Out of sight, out of mind” might be a philosophy you believe in but it does not work with God. The next time He speaks with you in a close, private, intimate way, listen to what He has to say and respond accordingly. If you do not a little bird might just tell it all. Ecclesiastes 10:20 
In Christ,
Pastor Johnny