YOU’RE FIRED!

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” This verse from Galatians 6:7 is dangerously overlooked by many people. The Apostle Paul claims that ‘whatever’ we sow, we will reap. Anything we sow, everything we sow, will eventually come back to us in an increased measure. That’s what reaping means. A farmer sows a bushel of wheat and will get 30, 60 or 100 times back… exactly the amount Jesus Himself declared 2000 years ago (Matt 13:8). The word ‘whatever’ is a very broad term. In the original Greek language it means… well, it means whatever! Sow love, reap love; sow hate, reap hate; sow money, reap money; sow criticism, reap criticism. You get the idea.

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If we could get our head around this one principle alone it would revolutionize our lives. For example, I see many Christian marriages today that are in desperate trouble. Irrespective of who or what started the fissure in the relationship, the divide is continually widened by an escalation of the sowing and reaping process.

Husband: Honey, the meatloaf is a little burnt.

Wife: Well darling, maybe if you got off the couch once in a while and helped.

Husband: Maybe if you got a real job and contributed financially. Instead, you lie around all day watching soaps and then can’t cook a lousy meatloaf. It’s not rocket science.

Wife: Maybe if you earned more money at your pathetic excuse for a job we wouldn’t need to eat meatloaf every night!

Husband: I want a divorce.

Wife: I hate your guts.

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My fictitious example (although it probably happened somewhere) is a bit accelerated, but you get the point. Whatever we sow we will eventually reap. People who are loving or generous, reap love or generosity in return. People who criticize or judge, reap criticism or judgement in return. What surprises me is how many of us do not recognize the sowing and reaping mechanism as it works in our own lives. Success or failure on so many levels can be determined by this one principle alone. I could share with you hundreds of real life examples of how this all works but there was one in the news this week, that shamefully, I have been waiting for a long time for it to come. For the last 8 years Donald Trump has been sitting in the red chair on his ridiculously self-aggrandizing TV show The Apprentice, where he chastises contestants who mess up one of his ‘ever so real’ challenges. After he calls them stupid or pathetic and has sufficiently humiliated them on national TV, he points his finger at them in a most demeaning way and says, “You’re fired!”

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Why Harvard grads or Yale grads or washed up celebrities would subject themselves to The Donald’s belittlement is beyond me. Worse yet, when they won they had to go work for him for a whole year. It should have been the other way around. The losers should have got stuck with being apprenticed by the world’s most narcissistic and arrogant egomaniac. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike Trump. I think the world would be a much less interesting place without him. Just like we would be more impoverished without Donald Duck or Ronald McDonald. What surprises me is that some people actually think Donald Trump is a real person rather than a cartoon character from a television show. So when he announced he was actually running for US President in 2016 I was expecting Fred Flintstone and Homer Simpson to throw their names in the hat as well. At first, other than the late night comedians, no one seemed  to think the announcement was bizarre that a completely out of touch with reality, self-consumed billionaire with the insatiable appetite for attention now wanted to run the country like it was one of his TV reality shows. It wasn’t until Trump made the comment that the Mexicans coming across the border into the US were drug dealers and rapists, that everybody dogpiled on the rabbit.

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Trump isn’t used to anyone taking anything he says seriously. But politics is a very different animal from the ‘make belief’ world of ‘reality’ TV and now he is under a whole new level of scrutiny. (For the record, and far be it for me to defend Trump, he did not call all Mexicans drug dealers and rapists. What he said was that Mexico was not sending their best to the US, but their criminal element… “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists…” Here is what he actually said; Actual Quote which has been mostly misquoted.) Trump is careless with his words at the best of times, and this time regardless of what he said or how he said it, the reaction was swift and harsh. The people who for years have aligned themselves with the Trump media circus have lined up to fire him. Global-wide Spanish language Univison – “You’re Fired!”; Mexican based broadcaster Televisa – “You’re Fired!”; NBCUniversal the network that airs The Apprentice – “You’re Fired!”; retail giant Macy’s that exclusively sells Trump’s clothing line – “You’re Fired!”; CHI and Biosilk haircare product -“You’re Fired!” This has to be the biggest blow of them all. You take away Trump’s beautifully conditioned and coiffed hair and what does he have left?

bald trumpHonestly, I never thought I would see the Trump franchise unravel so fast, but we know that eventually everything catches up with you as you reap what you sow. I know I shouldn’t join the dogpile on the poor defenseless Donald. I need him to stay around more than anyone. I need him to illustrate Jesus parables, like the one about the rich fool who built bigger barns yet did not consider his soul, or how the rich flaunt their wealth and ignore the poor or the dangers of always taking the higher seat. How would I  ever preach on Nebuchadnezzar in the book of Daniel without Trump’s most compelling contemporary example. King Nebuchadnezzar build a tower to himself 90′ tall, mistreated his lowly minions and he too was brought low and humbled for seven years as he eventually reaped everything that he sowed.

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Everything comes back to us in life. We would be wise to carefully consider the things we say to others, the way we treat our employees or co-workers, the consideration of others in traffic, whether we share our resources with others or just spend them on ourselves, the giving of a gentle answer or a harsh one, etc. At this point you may be thinking , “Hey wait a minute, by making fun of Trump, you are now going to have to reap what you sowed”. And you would be correct, I will need to pay the price in spades… but frankly, it is totally worth it. For the record I get more than my fair share of abuse from others and I deserve it. Not everybody enjoys my brand of sardonic humour. And now you could write a response and criticize me for it, but then you too would reap what you sowed. It’s just such a vicious cycle.

 

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17 Responses to YOU’RE FIRED!

  1. connie says:

    Hi Mark, good blog once again. Not sure you’ll get as much feedback on this as on the last one. Lots of folks like to pick on the Donald…he’s just so easy to pick on.
    Wondering this…isn’t the whole idea more than just…be nice to others so they’ll be nice to you…or do good so good things come back to you? It makes the sowing/reaping principle sound dangerously like karma…ie what goes around comes around. The problem with that is that it sort of encourages people to act out of self interest. When I read it…it seems more a warning to sow towards God’s will and purpose and not towards your own appetites/will/ambition. The verse following…For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting…suggests that…doesn’t it? Certainly, Paul says that we should not…weary of well doing for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. But, isn’t the main message is Galatians to encourage people to walk in faith with Christ,and understand that our salvation comes through choosing him…and not by anything that we do? I used to think that I was responsible for earning my salvation by being good…but I knew I could never be good enough…just kept messing up. Now I understand that my personal responsibility lies in the choice I make…to accept Christ…to walk in faith…and to sow to the Spirit so that I will reap/yield the fruit of the Spirit. Isn’t that what walking in the Spirit means?
    Anyway, there’s my two cents. Keep up the good work. And don’t fret about the criticism…at least people are reading and thinking…right?

  2. Mark Hughes says:

    Connie
    Your overall understanding of Galatians is correct. The Karma question is a good one. The big difference is this; Karma has to do with reincarnation and how we earn non-specific cosmic points that one takes into the next life. Basically only good karma or bad. People talk about it today like it has the a reaping effect in this lifetime. Not so. That’s what the TV show My Name is Earl was all about. He was trying to improve his lot in life by improving his karma. But in fact the concept looked more like sowing and reaping in theological terms. Sowing and reaping is all about receiving a specific harvest in this life based on what we sowed. And it will play upon us whether we believe it or not. It does not however effect our next life. We go to heaven based on what Jesus did not us. In a way it is the corollary of Karma. Although it is true it could have a self-interested motive, God’s intent is to bless us for making the world around us a better place by sowing good seed. To me it is tragic the bad seeds many Christians sow and then wonder why life is so miserable. Only 1/5 of Christians even tithe and then they wonder why their fiances are such a disaster.

    And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways! Hab 1:6,7

  3. Yaso says:

    I’m glad Trump brought up the issue of ILLEGAL immigration to the forefront of the USA campaign.

    Let me first start out by saying, thankfully for Canada, due many factors but mainly the geography of our country, we don’t really have an illegal immigration problem. You have to be a pretty good swimmer LOL! There are only an estimated 100,000 people here illegally which is a minute percentage of our 35 million population.

    The USA on the other hand is a different story. It is a major issue they have been dealing with for decades. The border between the USA and Mexico is very porous. With an estimated 20 million Illegals in the USA (btw only 60% of which are Mexican but nearly all of which use the USA-Mexican border to cross in), it is now at the point that it is bankrupting cities, hospitals and border states like California due to the heavy load these people put on the social system. These people are literally coming across with just the shirt on their backs.

    Trump is right. Most are uneducated. Think of it this way. If the people entering illegally had a degree then they could be admitted into the USA by applying for a proper work permit. No need to dangerously cross illegally hiking across the desert for days in extreme heat with little food or water or saving up and paying a human smuggler.

    Trump is also right. Border jumpers are importing crime into the USA. A quick Google news search of “undocumented immigrant” (the politically correct term for Illegal Alien) will show what some of them are up to. Murder here, assault there, etc etc. Wow, the top result is from 2 days ago. A man deported 5 times commits a murder. 5 times wow!!! How did he make it back into the country not once or twice but 5 times?

    This shows a systemic problem. If you want to come to USA, Canada, any developed country we have checks and balances in place. Fill out the paperwork, pay your dues, wait your place in line. Whether it’s to live or just for a visit.

    The media will try to brand anyone who speaks out on this topic as racist and say they are against immigrants. Listen carefully to any newscast. They refer to illegal immigrants solely as immigrants to try to muddy the waters. Nobody is against immigrants! That is how our great countries were built. I don’t know one sane person who is against someone willing to leave where they were born, family, what they were familiar with and start from scratch AS LONG as they are law abiding, work hard and adhere to our values.

    The funny thing is, do you know who you know who dislikes “border jumpers” the most? No it’s not Donald Trump LOL! It’s lawful immigrants!!! It’s the honest, patient, law abiding immigrants who sacrificed and came to the country the RIGHT WAY through the appropriate and lawful channels and were admitted correctly. They hate the fact someone broke the law and are basically allowed due to government inaction to cut them in line. This is the real injustice. Certain states and the federal government are working hard to undermine the system by granting illegals certain rights like drivers license, the right to vote, healthcare etc

    **** I don’t want anyone to miss this last point. The borders aren’t open by accident. It is the calculated plan of the New World Order to push globalisation and get rid of borders so they can eventually bring about their ultimate goal of a One World Government.

  4. beblessed316 says:

    Yaso, you are so right in what you have to say! Usually I am in agreement with Pastor Mark but, sorry Mark, I think you missed the mark on this one. I watch and enjoy “The Apprentice” when it is on TV, don’t find Donald nearly as horrible as Mark makes him out to be. He actually often has good advice, as a matter of fact. I don’t understand his naysayers stance on the whole immigration issue, you’d think they actually WANT those people in the country to rip it apart. Doesn’t make sense. I can understand their wanting to escape their oppression but then they ought to come with something to contribute, yes?

  5. Stephen says:

    I don’t see how this article supports the point the author is trying to make. In fact, the opposite is true.
    His comments on Mexicans has helped him with the evangelical right. He is pridefull and greedy and yet he still makes more money then all “tithers” combined.
    My wife’s aunt is heavily involvrd in “church” she’s been “loving” and “giving” to the Lord as you like to put it. Last year she had to file for bankruptcy at the age of 65 and now rents the house she once owned that was given to her.
    Trump’s money is in real estate so you pumping up your chest and cocking like a rooster about how Trump is getting his and how plotics is much differen’t is a crock.
    He’s still rich, your brothers and sisters in the evangelical church love him more and it’s proof that religion, politics and buisness are all the same pile.
    Try again, but then again, those who have been “conditioned ” by religion will eat this up and not think for themselves and question this dribble.
    For every example “you” can give about “your” giving and sowing, there’s one real world straight from the horse’s mouth example to counter it.
    Sharing other peoples testimonies counts for jack.

    • Mark Hughes says:

      Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases; for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him. Though while he lived he counted himself blessed— and men praise you when you prosper— he will join the generation of his fathers, who will never see the light of life. A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish. Psalm 49:16-20

      • Stephen says:

        Sorry if i gave you the impression that i liked Trump. I’m well aware that he may be weighed and found wanting.
        I really didn’t get the impression that this article was about spiritual things. I really can’t stand the guy, but i wouldn’t be one bit surprised if the protestants vote him in.
        I’ll keep my eyes on Jesus and follow Him for He is The One that i will stand before and give account to. “Those who are led by The Spirit of God, These are the children of God. This whole world is going to burn and so will most professing christians along with the dogs and goats.
        For 40 years i didn’t quite understand what my conscience was, i just knew i had one and sometimes followed it. Now i know, thanks to The Holy Spirit, that it is in fact The Voice of God.
        Jesus Christ and His Spirit are not a metaphor, nor was his death just a ritual to please His Father. People need to seriously pray and ask Jesus for the baptism of The Holy Spirit. If you ain’t got His Spirit, then ain’t His. Far to mavy people assume and are led to believe the have The Holy Spirit.

        • Observer says:

          Hi Stephen, I’m intrigued by your responses – I had to go back and read your original reply (#5). I had the impression that someone else wrote it.

          In any case, I’m glad at your second response – just that I couldn’t place it side-by-side with the first one.

          • Stephen says:

            Keep going for Jesus Observer for ALL Power and Authority has been given to Him by His Father. It is Jesus who baptizes with The Holy Spirit and Power. When power from on High comes IN to you, well, you’re not the same person you were the day before. Things you did and things you liked that weren’t pleasing to Jesus are supernaturaly taken away. I can testify of this truth cause it happened over night in Feb 2013.
            I went to bed a 25yr porn addict, a 20yr daily pot smoker and a life long tv addict, woke up the next morning and had no desire for any of my addictions/sins. 6 months later Jesus delivered me of my 12yr tobacco addiction.
            By The Grace of Jesus Christ i bace victorious and by His Grace, i have not gone back to my vomit.
            He continues to teach me and lead me, I love Jesus so much and will follow Him no matter where He leads me and do what ever He wants me to do. Praise Jesus for He IS worthy. Never stop crying out to Him, get your focus solely on Him.
            Peace and Love

  6. B says:

    Ah sometimes I love and hate reading this, or rather the comments, from a faraway impoverished South-East Asian country and looking at how sad it is to read that people think that tithing, giving and being full of love means that they will actually get money and lead a perfect life. Seems the apostles should have listened to that.

    I’m also saddened at how apparently there is a “right” way to become an immigrant and a “wrong” way… as if the illegal immigrants were acting all illegally because they so love their life and said: “you know what, today I’ll act so desperate that I’ll risk my life going to a country that hates me and will make me feel like dirt. I’ll get paid low wages, be treated like a parasite, so let’s do this!”

    An illegal immigrant should break your heart, not turn it to stone.

    Of course illegal immigrants are the worse ones, you wouldn’t leave a country if everything was going your way. I mean, our illegal immigrants are normally from Middle Eastern countries and left because there families are getting killed or from smaller African countries that have ongoing quiet genocides.

    If only people had the same fervor to help immigrants, the poor and the homeless as they have with opposing gay rights, we’d have communities that see illegal immigrants crossing the border crying and accepting them with open arms going: “ah, I don’t know how we’ll feed all of you, but God would want me to sacrifice my life for you guys.”

    I don’t think Jesus was a big fan of fences.

    • Jordan Baribeau says:

      We have extensive rules and regulations on migration because of:

      A) Capital
      B) Some people abuse their circumstances

      On A: rules and regulations need to be established to help alleviate market failures, this is well noted and argued in the vast majority of economic theories. This applies directly, in many circumstances, to labour markets as much as it does to non-labour markets.

      On B: The construction of the modern state has been partly founded on the idea of who and how to incorporate certain individuals in a given nation state. It’s not perfect but it’s well argued and understood in citizenship theory and the history of rights and responsibilities afforded in a given state.

      The reality is that illegal immigration is not all good and it is not all bad. It has it’s pros and cons but it flies in the face of market failures and the general concept of citizenship. Further, illegal immigration causes a plethora of other issues that many communities simply can’t handle, whether financially or not. It’s not simply kick them out or keep them all, those are simply unrealistic in most cases whether that’s in the American case, the Spanish case or the Italian case.

  7. David Bodunde says:

    Why is anybody paying attention to Donald trump. Cnn , MSNBC and other prominent cable outlets have been interviewing Trump and of course he gets a chance to blow his trumpet. There are more important issues in this world than a focus on Trump.

  8. Jim says:

    At least Mr Trump did not ask for contributions to purchase a 65million dollars business jet plane….thats right it was Creflo Dollar..and what is his occupation again?

  9. James Slyk says:

    So Christians struggle financially because they don’t tithe? I’ve always given over 10% regularly and am in the midst of dealing with cutbacks and struggling to make ends meet with the drop of the price of oil. Your statement sounds more like a sales pitch than based upon any “facts”, much like the priests in Jesus’s time who said they could help people make things right with God by selling them unblemished animals for sacrifice. No wonder I don’t watch or bother with Church of the Rock anymore.

  10. Greg@a says:

    Hello!hope all is well,i would just like to say ,that its sad to see that racism will never end,i think if we all had the same color we would find something else to be racist about maybe the size of a person nose , feet,color of a person nose ect its sad and funny to me ,that we cant overlook color or where someone comes from,until humanity could overlook rasce ,culture,and someone beliefs i think humanity will never grow,within the same countries there rascism ,black against black ,white against white,and other cultures that have the same skin color and same laguage that fight over religion beliefs.So do we expect to see no rascism ever in this world ??? I mean now the new thing is transgender there pushing on t.v wow they let the gays come out of the closet ,let them get married and now its the transgender time???i feel sorry for rightgeous parents now a days,so much to deal with,there is even a shows slowly but surely about transgender,its like the media wants to say its o.k be whatever you want to be,a women today a man tommorow,if you want to b gay today or straight tommorow its all o.k ,i never understood bisexual ,whats that?someone confused or mentally has issues,i could go one forever,But i want to say THANK YOU MARK!without you the world would be a darker place ,you are a gift to humanity and the earth thx p.s sorry about the mistakes

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