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By Keith Bellamy

You were probably taught when you were very young not to play with matches. You were warned you might get burned. I was one of those boys who didn’t always listen to my parents. And because I didn’t pay attention I got into trouble a lot.

One time I almost caught myself on fire playing with gasoline around a fire. Thankfully the gas can didn’t blow up. But it could have. I could have been burned.

So, what’s our subject about playing with fire all about?

There are decisions that are being made right now by those who think they know best. Some of those decisions are based not on fact but on greed. People like to quote statistics. I once taught statistics and statistics can be bent to whatever way you want them to go. It’s like playing with fire. Eventually you can get burned.

We live in a culture that plays with fire. That culture “says it is alright to do whatever I do as long as I don’t get caught. I can get drunk, run around on my wife, abuse my children, watch pornography, and even steal. It’s my life so I will do whatever I want to do.” That is the attitude of many in our society and even in our county and even in the church.

I would suggest that it isn’t the way of Christ.

Greed is greed. Sin is sin!

One of these days we will all have to answer.

But in the meantime, some will keep playing with fire! I hope you don’t get burned!

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death (NASB; Proverbs 14:12).

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