Why settle for karma when you can have God’s glorious truth?
by Frank King
An old high school friend caught my attention when she posted a Facebook meme that looked exactly like a restaurant billboard. That billboard had had nothing but these words, in capital letters:
WELCOME TO THE KARMA CAFE. THERE ARE NO MENUS; YOU WILL GET SERVED WHAT YOU DESERVE.
Most people believe in karma, even if they don’t realize it. A majority of us are brought up to understand that what we do (or don’t do) will be paid back.
In fact, I imagine many parents slip into teaching this kind of thinking, if only as a desperate measure to keep little Johnny from running wild in the grocery store.
But the first thing I thought when I read that meme, was “Yikes! I don’t want to get what I deserve.” And I suspect you don’t, either. Our culture may tell us we’re all OK, but think about it:
• Do you give as much time/finances to charity as you should? I don’t.
• Are you committed to telling the truth? I like to think I am, but the facts are different, despite my best efforts.
• When the name of someone you know comes up in conversation, do you jump in by revealing something negative about them? I’ve caught myself doing that.
• When you think about your behaviour, do you find there are times when you’ve taken out your frustrations on others? I have.
None of us are as good as we should be. All of us miss the mark on being the kind of person God created us to be.
So, do you want to get called on the carpet for all the bad things you’ve done – and all the good things you haven’t done? I don’t. And that’s just one reason why I decided to follow Jesus.
Serious Christians believe the words of John 3:16: “God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost, but have eternal life.”
In other words, when people believe that Christ died to make up for all their screw-ups and when they decide to trust their lives to him, there is no more karma. They no longer get what they deserve. They get way, way better. So the next time someone you know casually attributes something to karma, you have an opportunity to reveal God’s incredibly good news to them.