Posted December 2nd, 2011 at 08:55 AM by Lois
You have left and now something bad has happened. Perhaps you had an accident, lost your job, have a financial problem or an affliction in your body. The words that you heard dozens of times echo in your mind, "The way of the transgressor is hard..."
Your former pastor would warn, sometimes with stories of things that allegedly happened, of what awaits the person who leaves. Of course they are considered backslid as they walked away from 'truth.' Oh, the tales of the auto accidents, even deaths, may ring in your ears. Perhaps they were right and you are backslid, maybe without hope.
It is interesting how, at times like these, you forget all the bad things that happened while you were there. In a post some days back, I shared: "I recall all kinds of bad things happening to people who were in the church. A house burned down, there were all kinds of vehicle and job problems, car accidents, financial problems, marriage problems and divorces, and people getting diseases with some dying. It would be an extensive list of woes if everything could be mentioned. Being a member of the church and being involved did not keep them from the things of life that can happen to anyone."
When bad things happened while you were in church, you would hear the pastor proclaim, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous...." or maybe, "The trying of your faith worketh patience...." The bad would happen because you were following God. Perhaps the devil himself was out to get you. The devil always seemed to be after the church and the people there. He seemed to get a lot of credit he didn't deserve. But that's another story.
If you had remained at your former unhealthy church and the same bad thing happened as is happening now, you wouldn't be thinking you were a transgressor. So why are you now? Have you walked away from God or have you simply walked away from a particular church? Have you walked away from God's principles or have you walked away from man-made doctrines?
Think about it. You had plenty of bad things happen while you attended, so why should it be any different because you left a church building? The rain falls on everyone alike. This is life and in life there will be things happen that are bad just because you are alive.