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Topic: Peer Pressure (07/05/04)

TITLE: Shallow Victories
By Sherri Fulmer Moorer
07/05/04

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How many of you out there have ever wondered if a life of faith is worth it? Don’t shy away from me, because you know there have been instances in your life when the bad guys won. The world is not fair, and the concept that good always triumphs can seem like fiction when you look around and see deceit running rampant. This fallen world shows its imperfections in countless ways, and every once in a while you’re going to fall prey to it.

We’ve all found ourselves in those annoying situations where it seems that good guys do finish last. You know exactly what I mean: You get volunteered for a project because you were on vacation and weren’t there to object (and nobody stood up for you because they were too busy protecting themselves). A colleague that has a lot less responsibility makes a lot more money. The previous homeowners did the damage that you have to pay to repair – but feigned ignorance and perfectly concealed it, so are considered blameless. A coworker spends months playing politics and gets the promotion that you were, without a doubt, more qualified for. The list could go on and on, but I believe you get the picture – sometimes people get away with being deceitful.

There’s nothing more maddening to the Christian than to see somebody walk away from wrong actions unscathed. It’s even worse when you’re the one that has to pay for their mistakes. Many people have the notion that being a believer protects us from the injustices in the world. Unfortunately, that’s wrong. Although we live by a higher kingdom, we’re still stuck in a sinful, corrupt world; and that world loves to prey on believers more than anybody. For some reason, we seem to have “SUCKER” stamped on our foreheads, and some people just can’t resist aiming for that target.

Anger in these situations is certainly justified, and I believe we would benefit by learning what the Lord thinks about such behavior. Psalm 37 instructs us “Fret not yourself because of the wicked, be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb” (Psalm 37:1-2 RSV). Although it may look like people are getting away with wrong behavior, the truth is that the Lord has seen everything and intends to deal with them in a time and way that will speak to them best. Their victory is shallow, because it’s temporary. They may win the battle, but they have no hope of winning the war.

We will be mistreated from time to time, but rest assured that the victory people gain from abusing others is shallow. We are promised that they will fade and wither, and that is exactly what the end result of their efforts will be. You may never know that the person that person that plays politics for a promotion doesn’t do good work. The people that sold you a house with expensive damage will never tell you that they wound out buying a house that was damaged much worse. And don’t expect that the lazy, overpaid employee to advertise that they have so many reprimands on their record that it’s impossible for them to get another job. People that pull such stunts have a clever way of hiding it when they reap the consequences of their actions.

While your tormentors are gloating over their victory, remember, “the LORD laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming” (Psalm 37:13 RSV). Through Christ you already have the ultimate victory, so be thankful and laugh with Him.


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L.M. Lee07/09/04
what can I say...this is so true. I have to laugh because of a situation where I work. I'm always good about keeping people informed. I use to always say...in case I fall off the planet, this is here or this is how you do this... etc. Little did I realize my kind consideration of others would not let me "fall of the planet...but be pushed!"

when the Bible says the Just shall live by faith...those are the days I have to have A LOT of faith to believe one day I'll be able to laugh with God.
Theresa Knight07/13/04
Sherri, this is so true! Good job!
Marcell Billinghurst07/13/04
A very well written article, one I am sure if we are honest, many of us struggle with at times. Praise God that He sees the big picture,
as the Bible says "Be sure your sins will find you out. Eventually in this world or on the day of judgement,those who continue to pass the buck or deceive others, will be called to answer for their sins, lies and disobedience. God will have the victory. God bless you.
Marina Rojas07/13/04
Wow, this was a divine meal for the old grey matter! Your writing flows well, the various points of the essay tied together like a beautiful bouquet! I really enjoyed this one!
D.Lynn Bates07/13/04
Wow, this would be a great entry for a daily devotional. Well written!
Lynne Gaunt07/15/04
Life isn't fair is it?
But I am so glad God is merciful because I have failed in right living too. We hope these "tax collectors and sinners" will one day come to know the love of Jesus as we do.
I enjoyed your article - gave me a lot to think about. Thanks for posting it.