Obamacare – What a blessing!

HEADLINE: Obama urges signups for Obamacare before the Deadline:

(Read the Story)So this got me to thinking:

Today I looked into what it would cost for me to sign up for Obamacare. As Nanci Pelosi said, “You have to pass the bill to find out what’s in the bill.”8 years later – we’re finding out. Just awesome.See Nancy Pelosi giving it to us “straight” (YouTube)

The following are my browser screen shots.

I am not eligible for Government Assistance

– So I would have to pay the full monthly premium.

– Those (below the appropriate income level)

My Eligibility for Obamacare

Here are my plans ranging from:

$1,258/month == $15,096/year

$1,525/month == $18,300/year

$1,925/month == $23,100/year

$13,600 with The following Copayments:

◦ Emergency room care: No Charge After Deductible

◦ Generic drugs: $20

◦ Primary doctor: No Charge After Deductible

◦ Specialist doctor: No Charge After Deductible

Annual Total $28,696

A 683% Increase over my 2012 Premiums!

(Monthly + Deductible Before Insurance Kicks in)

$19,080 with The following Copayments:’

◦Emergency room care: $400

◦ Generic drugs: $20

◦ Primary doctor: $30

◦ Specialist doctor: $50

Annual Total $27,480

A 654% Increase over my 2012 Premiums!

(Monthly + Deductible Before Insurance Kicks in)

$23,103.72 With the following Copayments:

◦ Emergency room care: $150 Copay after deductible

◦ Generic drugs: $15

◦ Primary doctor: $10

◦ Specialist doctor: $30

Annual Total $25,903

A 616% Increase over my 2012 Premiums!

(Monthly + Deductible Before Insurance Kicks in)

Oh, you better sign up!

Don’t you dare be late

Or the IRS will come calling for a Date

Obamacare is coming, to town!

Dear Abbey: Un-Thanksgiving Day

#TakeAStand against NFL Players #TakeAKnee

After having an awesome ThanksgivingI tweeted this out:

My brother is a @{county} sheriff Deputy. He’s had coworkers/friend killed by bad guys. The @NFL players are dissing people like them. #NotCool #TakeAStand not #TakeAKnee

This always reposts to facebook to which a friend replied:

No they aren’t … You know there is bias. … People have the right to protest in any way they feel. It is not disrespecting your brother and colleagues. It has been a disrespectful system all over the US in general. They are trying to enact change and give a voice to their frustrations without violence and without inciting violence. I would say it’s very American and very respectful. We do not pledge allegiance to officers. We pledge it to our flag and the laws of the land.

My Long replies qualify as blog posts.

“Un-Thanksgiving Day”

Notice how the unraveling of our society started (in the ‘60s) when our country’s 1950’s “Fathers” deemed it right to eject God from the society (more on that below) – which has been going on ever since.

God has started handing us over to our depravity and setting us up to be carried off to our Babylon for our sins just like he did his people Israel and Judah so long ago. We are living in a chaotic, demonic day. I am sad for it.

Whether its the community in fear (from people whipping up the fear), or the Police/deputies the object of that fear: Not caring about the people involved on either side is it’s own form of bigotry and prejudice. Folks like my brother are just working middle-class with families to feed and shelter. It is absolutely disrespecting them:

  • Kaep wearing pig socks and kneeling (He set the tone for exactly what this is all about)
  • NFL game in London, players standing for the English National anthem (the founders of the biggest grievance, slavery and prejudice) while kneeling for the US (who banished it)Going to Mexico and doing the same thing (Marshawn Lynch)

I prefer Richard Sherman’s take from last year: Stop protesting and Do Something about it. He’s proactively working with people to teach them how to respond to police to avoid an incident {It’s own commentary about the people}

Protesting is not “American.” That’s an amorphism Liberals on TV and colleges/schools have pushed and others bought into. Fleeing religious persecution, Revolution, war, being an honorable person and honoring God (up until the Bible was deemed unconstitutional to be taught in schools in the 50’s.) That has been uniquely American – until the last 50 or so years. But the God of the Universe is no longer welcome among this people.

We have become ungrateful, selfish, and uncaring towards each other. This whole NFL #TakeAKnee / Anger in the black community thing is a symptom. And The police are not a cause. It’s the darkness in the human heart and trying to live without God.

We Live in Crazy Times

I have a Facebook friend, a former co-worker from the 90’s for whom I’ve had (and continue to have) great respect. Always down the middle never banking Left or Right (like I do sometimes) with his social observations. He was always like that in person.

Today I saw his post where he was a voice crying out in the wilderness about the craziness and ugliness we see in today’s world, The question was a heart cry of getting the message of forgiveness out so we can stop this madness.

I would like to share what I wrote back to him, and it centers on a John MacArthur message “Forgiveness in the Age of Rage”, given September 8 2017. (I believe this was in response to Charlottesville, Virginia protests that turned violent.)

My Response:

Hey friend, the first thing I’ve had to personally recognize – I can’t control anyone but myself. Also if I believe God is completely in control, I have to give it all over to him in prayer (Philippians 4:6-7) and not be anxious.

I personally believe God is bringing judgement to us due to our corporate (meaning country-wide population) sins. It greatly saddens me. People are going for bad to worse. Only Jesus can stop this train if he chooses.

My only actions (and I believe anyone who follows Christ) I am diligently bathing my family’s hearts in God’s Word, standing (hopefully not fighting) for the truth, and being forgiving and gracious.

Bless you brother. Don’t let your heart be troubled. Trust in the one whom God sent – Jesus.

Christian Church, You have been Squirrelled

Ping-Pong

There is a lot of back and forth that happens on Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, the Like. It’s bad enough that people on the same side wind up biting and devouring each other, and particularly the Christian Community.

Now I’m not going to get all Ecumenical on you and call that Catholics and Evangelicals should agree (its the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation for Heaven’s sake!) nor that something like the Redding Bethel Church and John MacArthur come to a truce. Gospel purity is the issue. No backing down.

But recently I’ve seen too many direct or indirect posts about Christians saying something about President Donald Trump, a reply comes, and then people who call themselves brothers jump all over each other in what I reference to be a Ping Pong match. Back-and-Forth Back-and-Forth. And when one person thinks they’ve scored the other person blows them off. And vice verse.

I want to call our attention to Ephesians 5:

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

I love that line about addressing one another in Psalms, hymns, Spiritual songs making melody to the Lord with your heart – submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

I don’t see a lot of that going on. As I said, its more biting and devouring of one another.

Church – You have been Squirreled.

I will call it out: This is a demonic distraction.

If people who don’t know Jesus or His Gospel – or maybe even disdain it for one reason or another (out of the inbred Humility within the Human Race) – we are not doing anything with our public face to make Jesus look good. We first want to make ourselves look good, then maybe Jesus. But we definitely want to make the other person , even a brother in Christ, look like an idiot.

This is internal pride, spurred on by a constant onslaught of 24-hour #FakeNews cycle combined with an epidemic of Snow-Flake-itis where Emotions, not reason, rule our direction. [All networks, even Fox are guilty of making the camera paint an inaccurate picture.]

But these light and momentary tribulations (and seriously folks, as stupid as it gets in the US, we don’t know what REAL Government/society imposed Tribulation is) are not worth the eternal glory that will be revealed when we stand before Jesus.

Our True Focus

Don’t try to make yourself look great. He must increase. YOU must decrease. Make Jesus look good in how you treat each other – in person AND online. And let’s start talking and engaging one about about what you are learning or how you are growing in the Lord. Not just about your latest favorite political point.

Peace. Out.

Anthem protests and Presidential Commentary

President Trump waded more into commenting on our cultural rot this last week tweeting NFL Players should stand for our flag.

In addition he called these protestors “S.O.B.’s” – NOT presidential. That comment should have stayed locked away in his heart. He needs to work on that part of his communication skills because it has overshadowed the real reason he has been pushing back. The anthem-protest kneeling and fists in the air, and the general tearing down and disrespecting of our country.

So today the NFL teams responded in force:

  • In England today, the Jaguars and the Ravens had players kneeling for the American Anthem, but standing for the British ‘God Save the Queen” (On Foreign Soil!)
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawk Players stayed in their locker rooms
  • @ESPN on Sunday evening had nothing but interviews with this theme: Trump Sucks, Anthem Protests are Great

We’ve Been Here Before

I remember President George H.W. Bush back in the 1992 Presidential Campaign, running against Bill Clinton, President GHWB said we need to be more like the Waltons (or Leave it to Beaver) and less like The Simpsons. Ohhh TV had a field day with that one. The Simpson’s that season even had an episode featuring that quote (before the end of the campaign) with the cartoon family reacting. Here is a quick article i found with info. (Read through the following as quickly or slowly as you wish, bit you get the flavor.)

That didn’t go well. Bush Lost. I think this heaped on.

Trump’s Comments aren’t going well – because the media has a really big bull horn, they are liberal, and have been slamming the country for years. It’s become shrill since President Trump is in office.

The Stakes are Much Higher Now

I quote scripture frequently in my quotes because there is some common sense to be found in the foundation of God’s Word. Romans 13, penned by the Apostle Paul, tells us to show respect and honor to whom it is due.

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭13:1, 7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/rom.13.1,7.esv

Our Country, our Flag, our Governing authorities, and on down the line, are all being disrespected. As for our governing authorities, they have been acting quite disrespectful / despicable themselves. Here comes Donald Trump calling them out (his Tweets and Communication Style could use a little work) as us Country-Folk love to hear, and these “targets” double down.

Trump is desiring to pull out the best in America, talking up America, defending the best of her traditions and customs. The Flag is one of them. He has waded (again) into cultural controversy. But the only controversy comes for the angry leftists who blame America first for everything. No exaggeration.

The Disrespectful, in their arrogance, become even more-so, encouraging others to join them.

The Media esteems these “Disrespectful’s” as being the moral equivalent of Gahndi or Martin Luther King Jr.

Then protests ensue as these folks are participating in a great tradition (of protest) in our country. Nothing great about protest, and its not part of our tradition. It’s part of our national sin and disgrace.

This will be the ultimate demise of this country and the freedoms we enjoy. Trump speaking out against this bad behavior is providing the needed contrast. But unfortunately our country citizens have chosen to see this as a reason to abuse the President, not take heed and respect what he is observing.

Love the Unloveable

I have a person I follow on Twitter who offered up this:

If you think you love this country but do not value the people in it, what is it exactly that you love?

Turn that question around and ask – what do YOU love. It ain’t love for me and my freedom to have an opposing view. You just want to turn around on me for being unloving of others for daring to love this country and defend it against unfair attack.

We who don’t like the protests have to suck it up and show love to the poor oppressed millionaires.

They can crap on us all day long with their disrespectful display, but the obligation is on those who love the country.

That’s a steaming pile of wreaking hypocrisy.

  • “Do as I say, not as I do’
  • Or as the soft headed would say, “Do as they say, and just love them, understand them.”

I don’t mind the last sentiment – that is almost getting into Jesus’ territory where we consider others better than ourselves (our culture de-emphasizes truth in favor of emotions and feelings, no matter how Evil) What I do mind is I am lectured to do this … over and over and over again. I even learned this past weekend I am part of a demonized group: WEC – White Evangelical Christian. They forgot one more Category that makes me on the wrong side of every issue. Male. WMEC?

These professors should do more practicing and less preaching. I have yet to see one of these angry people (or the “reasonable” soft-headed types) come to the defense of an “opposing voice”, tell others they should love people like myself. Nope. #Hypocrites.

So dear @NFL and you liberals in general:

  • You don’t care about me – and my feelings that the Nation that enabled you to be great
  • You don’t love me – even in disagreement we should have a reasonable dialogue, not your anger and double standard demands.
  • You definitely don’t show deference to me – you think all thought is your liberal thought and everything else should be quieted (that is called Fascism)

So while I am still free in this country quickly trying to get rid of its freedoms, I am choosing to take a Knee and Stay in the Locker Room for your product. I will watch something else. Because President Trump is right (except calling them S.O.B.s – Communication skills issue) – you should be looking to either STOP these obnoxious displays “on the field” or FIRE these people.

But you will sit in your echo chamber talking about how bigoted, prejudicial, sexist, and lacking in love I am. Because I’m a WMEC who voted for Trump. And I’ll do it again.

And if this crap doesn’t shape up, after 30+ years being a 49er fan dating back to Joe Montana/Dwight Clark/ Ronnie Lott (the MAN by the way!) you can bet I won’t buy your product again.

James Damore takes on Google’s Thought Police

I was finally able to read fired Google Employee's James Damore's entire 10 page opinion piece .

Previously, like most, I was left to the Left leaning pieces (who just wanted to beat up on James) or the Right leaning pieces (who culturally scared of their own shadow and will run away from any fight.) Both showed snippets and then provided gave their synopsis which left out a lot of substance. The whole document (although 10 MS Word formatted pages) doesn't take too long to read and you have to read it to get the full view.

UK Daily Mail provided some decent reporting (just the facts) but then gave the whole document to read at the end.

See the article and document here.

James Damore ideologically martyred himself to take on what he calls the Google Ideological echo chamber.

He focused on sameness thru Diversity which opposes success and advancement through meritocracy by abilities. He noted Googles admitted lack of female leadership in the upper ranks (something Google laments) but gave a very reasoned argument why this is the case. His statements of biology are not crazy or necessarily out of the bounds of reason.

From his footnotes:

7: Communism promised to be both morally and economically superior to capitalism, but every attempt became morally corrupt and an economic failure. As it became clear that the working class of the liberal democracies wasn't going to overthrow their 'capitalist oppressors,' the Marxist intellectuals transitioned from class warfare to gender and race politics. The core oppressor-oppressed dynamics remained, but now the oppressor is the 'white, straight, cis-gendered patriarchy.'

9: Yes, in a national aggregate, women have lower salaries than men for a variety of reasons . For the same work though, women get paid just as much as men. Considering women spend more money than men and that salary represents how much the employee sacrifices (e.g. more hours, stress, and danger), we really need to rethink our stereotypes around power.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4783596/Fired-Google-engineer-pens-WSJ-op-ed-sexist-memo.html#ixzz4pYsDdrJO
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Minus the more subjective-opinion statement of women spending more than men, his last statement about needing rethink Stereotypes around power is a siren call. It is a call that sends the thought-police into a tizzy because accusing people of violating diversity (not thinking correctly) is their only tool. (See George Orwell, 1984.)

I found it a well thought out and reasoned piece.

It's only sexist because he dared take on the thought police.

Trump makes a horrible idol

People are fallible. They will just as soon fail as succeed.

I read a lot of content concerning Donald Trump, either in the News, email push content, or Social Media. Good , bad, or ugly. For as many people exist on earth, so exist that many opinions. Even watching a America's Got Talent you can't escape the sharp, toxic opinions.

I read a recent blog from National Review titled "Trump, Party of One": a critical review after several changes and threats to the Donald Trump Presidency. Author Jonah Goldberg wants to gloat to those who trusted in Trump: "You {blanked} Up."

There are Ever Trumpers, Never Trumpers, and Haters. Jonah Goldberg appears to fall into the Never Trumper camp, and all of them view full faith in some man (or woman) as the fulfillment of their lives. Or 'our' lives – depends which side of an issue you land. This is called idolatry. Those idols will fail you.

The Ever-Trumpers

The "Ever" Trumper Camp (or even the hopeful Republican camp) put their hope that men filing the roles of a leadership office will do the right thing based on their pledged allegiance. People like John McCain blow that theory straight out of the water when they vote No on such a "My side" issue. You expect them to go one way, and then they go the opposite and let you down.

It's never good when our emotional well-being is tied to the actions of any person, who is bound to fail us.

The Never-Trumpers

These are those Republicans or Conservatives. Trump is below their taste and they relish the thought of Trump failing, sticking it in the eye of "Ever" Trumpers. With any occurrence with he the appearance of a misstep they do an "I Told You So" gyration – pointing fingers at his supporters, the "believers". This stems from their misguided view : Ever-Trumps idolizing "The Don". Some cases may be.

I am tempted to think of the Never-Trumpers as more brow-beating self-aggrandizing punks. Eric Erichson is one that comes quickly to mind. It's his disdain for Trumps behavior, not his positions. But he does the gyration and is quite proud of himself for it and will promote his own superiority for having not chose the populist path.

Haters

For all intents and purposes, this is just a hate group. They hate anything that is not Leftist, bending, twisting and perverting what every thinking person with a soul knows as "tradition" or natural order.

This group just hates non-leftist leaders in positions of Power. When Hillary Clinton lost failing to replace Barack Obama (their functional god) as President, they melted down and have continued that pattern of evil behavior since losing. Burning and vandalizing cities. Holding rallies threatening physical harm to the Donald and his supporters. Serious bad behaving, unreasonable, evil tantrums.

They see Donald as 'god' on the right who defeated Hillary, the successor their 'god' on the left.

Conclusion

Man was made to worship or put our faith in something. Something beyond us we can rest in. The leftists flat out worship Barack Obama and we looking forward to doing the same with Hillary Clinton. Some of the Right sees Trump as a Knight riding on a White Horse of war. The Never Trumpers like to poke fun at the 'god' of the Right.

Seriously, if you look back far or deep enough into anyones lives we will see failure. No one is perfect. Crowing is a liar calling someone else a liar. Stupid position. That goes back to the Garden. I heard a pastor speak one time about even saved Christians: crooked sticks drawing straight lines.

Not just Trump, but any person, makes a horrible idol. THEY WILL FAIL YOU.

Put your faith in God. His promises are true and he will never fail us.

“When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter lifted him up, saying, "Stand up; I too am a man."”

‭‭Acts‬ ‭10:25-26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/act.10.25-26.esv

Be careful when you throw stones

Modern people think protesting and resisting is a right, and is good. Is it?

I was reading a passage just today 2 Samuel 16:5-6 : 

“When King David came to Bahurim, there came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera, and as he came he cursed continually. And he threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David, and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left.”

‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭16:5-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/2sa.16.5-6.esv

This always gives me pause: be careful when and to what you throw stones. You never know when it will return back on your head.  

If you read a little further through the Biblical narrative, when Solomon was King, it was poured back onto Shimei’s head when he left Jerusalem to search for a servant.  Solomon had ordered Shimei to never leave Jerusalem again in order to keep his life, hardening back to the events in this very passage.

Who knows why King David didn’t address it in his lifetime, but I am just following the narrative.

Bringing this to modern day application, I think of modern politics. I seriously had very little love for the policies nor mannerisms of Barack Obama – bordering on the offensive at times at his deference to foreign dictators.  But I never threw, nor would I throw, stones.  He was the Lord’s annointed:

“But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him, for who can put out his hand against the Lord ‘s anointed and be guiltless?””

‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭26:9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/1sa.26.9.esv

Consider all of the riots and street burning that happened during Obama’s time in office. There was some of that but it was targetted against those to whom Obama opposed (specificlaly Police or “Tea Baggers” as he affectionally called his opposition.)
 
Consider the opposition (riots and street burning) that exists against Donald Trump. It’s not just rhetorical. People have been marching causing violent damage. Bone-headed celebreties like Madonna, Johnny Depp, or Ashley Judd wanting to blow up the White House, kill the president, or screaming ‘I’m a “naaaaaasty” woman!’ All of this because they didn’t like an election result. As an aside, Ashly Judd is a pretty lady, but her dark heart makes her very unattractive.
 
In part some of this is artificially stoked by powerful forces like George Soros, funding these riots/rebels to his own gain.  (It is well know he enriches himself by destabilizing markets and shaking them to their core so he can buy low and make more cash on the way back up.). Even he has a form of stone throwing himself.
 
But all of this rioting, I consider how it will eventually be returned back on the heads of those actually causing the ruckus. We live in a worked that is descending further into darkness, and it may take years for the whole narrative to unfold, but do not be deceived, God will not be mocked.  Satan may be the prince of the power of the air, but this is still God’s world. His creation. He has an expectation for us and our behavior. Scripture tells us all things hold together through Christ, and if it is He who is making our hearts beat, how long will he tolerate giving the gift of life to those in utter rebellion to Him and to His offered peace?
 
Billy Joel sang (a rather snappy tune I must say) : “Only the Good die Young”
 
God promises our obedience to Him,  He will lengthen our days.  Now this is in his good will of course.  I’ve known even righteous people who have died early. I suspect more as a gift to them to get them out of here into Jesus’ presence where there is no more sorrow.
“My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:1-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I encourage everyone to do more than a double-take before throwing that stone – especially to ones in authority over us.

An Ashley Madison Conundrum

Is that Forbidden Fruit Really Worth it?

I was reading a story on ZDNet about an Ashley Madison ex-customer who, via hacked information, was being blackmailed to pay up to cover up extramarital activities.  (Remember the Story when Ashley Madison Extra-marital affair WebSite was hacked in 2015?)

In Ashley

 

The story is lengthy, which I won’t recount here, but it sets up its anonymously named ‘Tom’ as a victim of a wife who didn’t want to be intimate, and having an affair partner who wanted more than just sex.  He was safe until it was hacked.  Now the hackers are reaching out to him via email threatening to send a revealing letter to his home address.

The story lifts up how awesome and less tense his marriage was once he had an outlet for sex. “It was really helpful” so says this piece.

Culture

I’ve noted in recent days (accelerating since 2010 I would say) the decline in any moral or civil values in our culture. It’s not about “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”That has been substituted with “Do unto others as I selfishly desire, and when caught or called out, excuse myself and blame ‘them’ for being judgemental. I’m okay!”

So we dive headlong into what is obviously destructive behavior, thinking one of a number of erroneous things like

  • Everyone Else is doing it
  • I have a valid *reason* for doing this: ___________ (plug in your excuse)

Between those two, ESPECIALLY they last one, we cover all of our selfish desires no matter how damaging. And then we get caught. Suddenly that last excuse becomes a weapon by which we use to either sheild ourselves or to hurl at someone else in attack. And we start Damage Control. The house of cards starts to fall down all around us and
we realize those excuses are flimsy. Some will actually wisely succumb to the inevitable. Other will fight what they deem a righteous war (defending their lapse) but only wind up winning a Pyrrhic Victory. They Win a battle, but wind up losing the war. It’s kinda like the difference between being right, and dead-right.

Consequences

As a man, I can empathize (from the flesh) with this Tom fellow. I think most of us could. But as a Christian and adult understanding the consequences of my actions, I can only shake my head and think he “Shoulda known better”. The Ashley Madison Logo of a lady’s face  holding up a “Shoosh” finger in front of ruby red lips should’ve easily translated into the Jolly Roger Skull and Crossbones Flag. Abandon hope all ye who enter. I think the Easter Mystic idea of Karma fits here.
Some people get away with bad behavior and it looks glamorous. But what about those who get caught? Yeah, we don’t read too much about those narratives. We are deceived today about consequences. The fact this guy Tom was even getting pressured from the person he was fooliing around with wanting more was unforseen danger. Today we ignore what happens if the whole thing just comes crashing down.
The guy Tom only has a wife – who would be crushed. I am not excusing her lack of enthusiasm for being with her husband. (I could argue she allowed the soil to harden that created this condition, so Tom is not alone being at fault – he just took the consequential action by which his small family is threatened). What if there were kids? Relationships get torn and innocents get caught in the middle. Messy Messy Messy.
If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. If it screams forbidden fruit, are you ready to pay the cost? Are you even paying attention to the cost?

Some godly wisdom

Here are some things from God’s word to consider, especially when it comes to acting on “Forbidden Fruit”. And if you are a reader who maybe is suffering consequences as a result of bad decisions, please read to the end. There is a passage specifially for you – one of hope and restoration.

  • “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
    ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:7-8, 10‬ ‭ESV‬‬
    http://bible.com/59/gal.6.7-8,10.esv
  • “”You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:27-28‬ ‭ESV‬‬
    http://bible.com/59/mat.5.27-28.esv
  • “Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.” “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.”
    ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22:11-14‬ ‭ESV‬‬
    http://bible.com/59/rev.22.11-14.esv

Hope and Restoration

I am not going to candy coat it. Sin is destructive. All the way back to the first rebellion in the garden of Eden. Jesus Christ died to pay the price for that sin. All he asks is you repent of your sin and ask forgiveness of him, and then follow him diligently. And here is his promise:

“If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:6-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/1jn.1.6-7.esv

We can be cleansed of that sin. Maybe not the consequences, but he will separate it from as far as is East is from the West. Only then is there hope of restoration (over time.)