My heart was saddened as I was read an article on the sports page of the local newspaper. The article was reporting a deplorable situation at Baylor University, the largest Baptist University in the United States. The spotlight was on a large number of sexual assaults against female students by members of the football team. Reports of the assaults had been largely ignored and/or swept under the rug. When the situation finally came to light, the football coach was fired and the athletic director and university president were reassigned or dismissed.
Because the football team was enjoying unprecedented success, many powerful alumni and wealthy supporters were very unhappy with the changes. The sports writer used a phrase that caught my attention. The phrase was, “Just let me enjoy my hot dog, and don’t tell me how it’s made”. The phrase directed my thoughts to a common but tragic human foible. If something is benefiting us, we aren’t particularly concerned about the details. It’s the old ‘the ends justifies the means’ approach. There is a line in a country song that echoes the idea, “It can’t be wrong if it feels so right.”
At times, most people confronted with decisions are tempted to do what is pleasant or easy rather than what is right. The tendency is to choose pleasure above the more difficult moral high road. Many people have a propensity to take advantage of the uninformed or less able in business dealings. The ‘right to life’ of the unborn often yields to convenience or expediency. Taking advantage of the fact that a certain action will never be known can also push a person to do something immoral or illegal.
Choosing the pleasant or easy way is often disastrous. The problem of choosing the easy way has been around since the earliest days of man on earth. A classic Biblical example of choosing to do the right thing rather than the easy way is Moses. “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin” (Heb. 11:24,25, NKJV).
Let us choose God’s way. “I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me” (Psalm 119:30). We surely know, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 16:25, NKJV).
~ Brother Roy