Killing off the Coyotes
"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap."1
In his book, Rewriting the Family Script, Roger Hillerstrom shares how "a small, Midwestern town once sponsored a coyote hunt because so many farmers were losing chickens to the predators. Fifteen hundred coyotes were killed over a single weekend.
"However, within a few months the entire community was overrun with rodents, because their natural enemy, the coyote, had been eliminated. A year after that, the rodents weren't much of a problem, but the rattlesnakes were! Because there were so many rats and mice for them to eat, the poisonous snakes had reproduced rapidly.
"At that point, the chickens were safe, but the humans were in danger! You see, the coyotes had been an important part of the environmental system—the food chain. When one part of that system changed, other parts adapted to the new reality."2
When we as individuals, groups, or societies and even some churches get rid of God's Word, the Ten Commandments, and overthrow God's standards to do as we please, and seek to throw out God himself, the seeds of our ultimate destruction are sown. God is not mocked. In time, we all reap what we have sown.
As the Apostle Paul exhorted the Christians in Corinth: "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men [and women] of courage; be strong. Do everything in love."3
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, amid the ever increasing pressure in our society to get rid of anything to do with the Bible and with you, please help me to be on my guard, be strong, and stand firm in my Christian faith. And help me to so live that others seeing Jesus in me will want him for themselves. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. Galatians 6:7 (NKJV).
2. P. Roger Hillerstrom, Rewriting the Family Script, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Fleming H. Revell, 1995), p. 19. Cited on www.sermons.com.
3. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NIV).