Diplomatic Notes

National sowing and reaping

In Genesis 8, there is a scripture that states, “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” While this refers to physical conditions of Earth, there is a spiritual parallel that is reflected in the book of Galatians that states, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” It goes on to specify what kind of sowing brings what kind of harvest when it states that if you sow to the flesh, you will reap corruption, but if you sow to the spirit, you will reap eternal life. The following verse admonishes us to not be weary in well doing because we will reap if we do not faint.

The basic message of both the Old Testament and New Testament is that you will reap what you sow – whether it is physical or spiritual things. It will be wise of us as a nation to heed these warnings and ponder what we are sowing, so we can know what harvest to expect. The problem is that we often say one thing and sow another.

We say we want morals, but sow immorality.

We say we want integrity, but sow corruption.

We say we want faithful marriages and families, but sow infidelity.

Sometimes, I wonder if we are suffering from a form of national schizophrenia. We want one thing but continually sow something else.

In my years of working with young people, I have come to realize that young people are “harvest” of their parents and forefathers. What was sown in the previous generation is “harvested” in this one. Obviously, we have not sown to the Spirit as much as we should have because we are reaping corruption, immorality, violence and crime. The murders of today were not sown today, they were sown previously and we are now seeing the “harvest”. In my years on the streets and working with gangs and troubled youth, I have usually seen change when the right seeds were sown into the young men and women. When these young people were challenged to follow the Spirit and not the flesh, the results have been tremendous. The vast majority of success stories (and there have been many) have come about through spiritual intervention, character development and productivity.

The problem is that not enough good seeds are being sown. A friend of mine told me of an incident he witnessed where a group of teenage girls wearing thong bikinis were meeting up with teenage boys for a public party and event where alcohol was being served. None of the young people were at the legal drinking age, yet the event went on its merry way. What “harvest” would be the result of such an event? What category of seed does this fall into? My guess is that the “harvest” would be teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, alcohol or drug addiction, and crime. How can I say such a thing? For starters, it was the story of my life and I witnessed firsthand what such seed produces. Remember what the verse said, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” We are essentially deceiving ourselves if we expect something else. And the principle of sowing and reaping is as strong as the principle of gravity. What goes up must come down. If we sow carnality, we reap corruption.

I wish we could do whatever we like and just wave the magic wand and everything turns out OK. This does not happen in real life. If you want to know what is going to happen to The Bahamas in the future, just look at the seeds being sown at present. If we want a different “harvest”, we will have to sow different seeds. Right now, the seeds being sown give us a forecast of more and more problems. Entertainment is becoming more vile and more pornographic, reggae and hip hop culture is being taken over by the gang and crime culture. The murder rate will not go down unless the “mind seeds” that are being sown are more positive and uplifting. I have been in the business of providing the alternative for years but, unfortunately, the voices of decency and spiritual inspiration are being drowned out by seeds of death and corruption lyrics.

I have yet to see a farmer plant corn and get sweet potato. If we do not change the seeds being sown, we will continue to reap the current harvest, and it will get worse. The only way to stop it is to plant different seeds. Hopefully, we as a nation wake up to this reality before it is too late.

 • Pastor Dave Burrows is senior pastor at Bahamas Faith Ministries International. Feel free to email comments, whether you agree or disagree, to pastordaveburrows@hotmail.com. I appreciate your input and dialogue. We become better when we discuss, examine and exchange.

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