See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15,16 NKJV
“Circumspectly” is a word not often used, but simply means “Heedful of circumstances and potential consequences”. Oh dear it’s that word ‘consequences’ again, and we don’t like to think of that, even as Christians.
The UK news is filled with the story of horsemeat finding its way into the food chain, when it is never listed on the label. I don’t think the problem is with horsemeat itself, just that we are misled into thinking the main ingredient is beef. So the question I hear being asked is, “What else is going on in the food industry that we don’t know about”? Then there was the fiasco of our elected parliamentary officials fleecing the public purse by abusing their expenses. Then the same question is asked, “What else is going on”? When there is a scandal in any church involving priests, ministers, or pastors (yes it does happen) then the non church population asks the relevant question, “If they are doing THAT, what else are they doing”? What a good question, and one we should not try to sidestep. It comes down to a question of trust.
Back to the wisdom of the verse in Ephesians. Only a fool ignores the consequences of their actions, and that holds true for everyone whether inside or outside the church. The trouble comes when Christians fall prey to their own misdeeds, and the onlooking world is first to say... “What else”? Can you blame them? I can’t, because none of us are in the clear of doing things which are stupid, and where we don’t look ahead, but and it is a BIG BUT, we do untold damage when the children of the most High, behave in a way that brings disrepute to the Holy Name of God. I trust no one will be able to look at our lives and say, if they are doing THAT,“what else are they doing”?
But let me try to end on a positive note. Some consequences of our actions are good. When we do a good service, even in a small way, in Jesus name, we lay up for ourselves a treasure, although it comes with a warning. Paul said to Timothy, but it applies to us too:
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge. 1 Timothy 6:18-20 NIV
Your words speak with spiritual intelligence; and in my oublished book there is very much to read regarding what man has done to processed foods, meats, products and more.
When you speak of fools and how they ignore the consequences for their actions -- it's pure truth wirh our Lord as witness all through words of scripture in the Bible that believers just refuse to believe, or have never been taught -- and without faith in every word of our Lord believers are to live by, God cannot be pleased. Hebrews 11:6
In your paragraph speaking these words--- 'Some consequences of our actions are good. When we do a good service, even in a small way, in Jesus name, we lay up for ourselves a treasure, although it comes with a warning.
Because we as believers love our Lord, the only way to become of the true church of God is to be as the body of Chridt who only follows their Head while being spiritually minded and not of this world. John 15:19, Colossians 3:1-4 -- and its because Christ left all believers with examples to follow through living only by His every pure written word. 1 Peter 2:21, Deuteronomy 8:8, Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4
God is love. 1 John 4:7-8 So the only way to know God is through having love with compassion written in our hearts for others. And Christ's new commandment in John 13:34 is that we all love each other as He loved us. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 gives our Lord's defination and importance of love because without it being in actions for God to see, we are considered as murderers. 1 John 3:14-17
So exactly what does that mean? Revelation 22:14 are blessings for the tree of life for all those that do all of God's commandments because it has prepared them to reign with Christ and become a part of God's government. Isaiah 9:6-7
God called me out of America over six years ago and placed me in the Philippines with no savings, no Social Security, no pension and just absolutely nothing but faith only to become my only teacher while not only showing me this world of religion as He sees, but also shaping, molding and preparing me for His use in these end times because I have absolutely zero association with any ways, doctrines or traditions on this planet.
So now after years of struggles, eleven free websites, a published book and only God as my heartbeat with His words as my blood-flow, I have no money, very little to eat beyond rice with boiled leaves. The power for our one car garage made into a home comes from the man who sold us our lot and home, and after 7 months he wants his money and to cut us off, and I don't blame him. We have never been able to cut our grass with no mower, and the bamboo fence I was building had to stop because I could buy no more bamboo. -- and all I have asked for through years and years is just some Kraft dinners, any old spare misc fixable junk or anything at all to help my my wife and I. Plus I had an old head injury with a nerosurgeon removing a small peice of my brain that has made an affect on my life with some age. --- Yet I have not one true brother or sister in Christ, not one friend, and no one that seems to care. Yet I will always keep my faith and run the race set before me because I know that when Gos is ready, only He can touch someones heart to help us. My wife at under 100 lbs and less than 5ft has a weak heart, therefore Ensure to drink and vitimins help her --and I cannot even give her that. -- https://www.facebook.com/jeff.callarman -- May God be with you.