Summary: What happens in the heart of a Christian when being a Christian means taking a financial loss? How do we decide?
“LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue …
“Who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman, who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the LORD, who keeps his oath even when it hurts …
“Who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.”
Psalm 15:1, 4a
“LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He … who keeps his oath even when it hurts …”
I remember the first time I really saw that phrase in Psalm 15:4 -
“He …who keeps his oath even when it hurts …”
I thought, “Now, that is integrity!”
But, how would that play out in everyday life?
What if you were a 13 year old boy who had been taught the concept of righteousness where, “… he who swears to his own hurt and does not change …” is a way a Christian lives to honor God. And, you have a part time job making about $10-$15 dollars a week and you buy a little old dirt bike for $100 and the seller let you pay $25 with a promise to make three more payments of $25. Then before you get it home the engine seized up. Would you make the payments anyway? Or would you drag the bike back and demand a refund and refuse to pay any more? Would you keep your oath even when it hurts?
Remember, you made a promise with no strings attached so in essence you “swore to your hurt”, to your financial loss.
Would you change the deal, give the bike back and refuse to make the remaining payments or would you take the loss and pay what you promised?
What if you were the best shortstop in the major leagues and the year before you had signed a 10 year contract for $10,000,000 and this year the third best shortstop in the major leagues had just signed a 10 year contract for $13,000,000. Would you honor the contract you signed or demand a renegotiation?
What if you said to God that you would follow Him faithfully for the rest of your life, putting His desires ahead of yours and you were faced with a tough decision?
This presidential election (2012) provides us with just such a choice:
One candidate when backed into a corner claims to be a Christian and yet
He supports abortion on demand
He supports legitimizing homosexual marriage
He is pursuing the intrusion of government into the church through the courts in order to force churches to pay for health insurance that would provide coverage for abortions and birth control
The other candidate is not a Christian although the Mormons claim to be a part of the wider Christian community many of their beliefs are in disagreement with the Holy Bible and yet
He supports protecting the lives of unborn children
He supports the protection of Biblical marriage
He supports the protection of religious freedom