Summary: This is a sermon designed to sway persons in either a positive or negative direction towards Christian living.
YOU CAN GET WITH THIS OR YOU CAN GET WITH THAT (THE CHOICE IS YOURS)-DEUTERONOMY 30:15-20 AND MATTHEW 5:27-31
What a world in which we live. It seems as if the world moves at an ironic or opposite path. It seems as if today’s society marches to the beat of a different drum than the past generations’ societies. It seems as if what was BAD has become GOOD. It also seems as if what was GOOD has become BAD. The anti-hero now stands as the “hero” in the public eye and the hero now stands as the “anti-hero” in the public eye. Nobody wants to fight the good fight but it seem everybody wants to fight the bad fight. The media shows us predominantly “BAD” news and just a small amount of “good” news. Sex, violence, drugs, dysfunction, and disharmony rule society. The number one movie in the country last week, Hannibal (which portrayed a psychotic, human-eating, coniving former doctor as the hero), sold $58 million dollars in ticket money last week. I was one of the many who saw the movie. The bottom line of the matter whether good or bad stands—in the words of the rap group Black Sheep—YOU CAN GET WITH THIS OR YOU CAN GET WITH THAT. YOU CAN GET WITH THIS OR YOU CAN GET WITH THAT.
You can get with this or you can get that is what Moses was virtually saying to the Israelites. Listen to Moses speak throughout the scripture. God has brought us from making bricks without straw and being tortured by Pharaoh and the soldiers of Egypt. God has brought us from running through the desert to crossing the Red Sea on dry land. God has fed us manna from the grasshopper dung and dew from the trees in the wilderness of Sin. God has fed us water from a rock in the middle of nowhere. God gave me the teachings and rules for you to follow throughout your life. We have wandered in the wilderness some thirty-odd years but we will soon get over to the Promised Land. I will not get there with you but you will get there. YOU CAN GET WITH THIS—all of the commandments, decrees, and ordinances with God has given me and become successful and have a good life. YOU CAN GET WITH THAT—all of things that make you forget God’s goodness and benefits and bring trouble to you and find sure failure and destruction. YOU CAN GET WITH THIS—loving the Lord, walking in the right ways, obeying God’s teachings, and holding fast to God and find long life and prosperous things. YOU CAN GET WITH THAT—turning your heart away from God, not listening to sound instruction, serving other Gods, serving people, serving places, and serving the wrong things and discover the way to destruction and death before you get to the Promised Land. YOU CAN GET WITH THIS—know that God has taken us from the slavery of oppressors and being nobodies in Egypt to get toward the promised land of hope, salvation, and a land flowing with milk and honey (prosperity). YOU CAN GET WITH THAT—turning away from the direction of the promised land and going back to slavery, going back to poverty, and going back to your so-called comfort zone. YOU CAN GET WITH THIS OR YOU CAN GET WITH THAT.