Selling the Dead
When we hear about the dead being sold, some of us might be thinking along the line of the selling of body parts of the deceased; however, I am referring to something more sinister. They are the lives of men and women in the armed forces, who are sold on the battlefield to enrich the pockets of corrupt government officials. Wars have happened all throughout history. Some of these were fought for a righteous cause, but many were not.
Every time there is a war, someone has to pay a price and it is not the corrupt government officials who do. The ones who have had to pay a very high price are the moms and the dads who will never see their children coming home. It is the wives and the husbands who will have to cry themselves to sleep each night. It is the children who will now grow up without a father or a mother in their lives. That’s the cost of wars and it is too great.
But to what end you might ask? It is to the end of wealth and power for those wicked men and women in the government who care nothing for the lives of those whom they destroy daily. The dead might be a beloved husband or son to someone who cares about them, but it is nothing but a nameless, faceless dead body to these corrupt officials. It is just another dead body to be sold to enrich their pockets. Their hands are drenched in blood, and their seats of power are built upon the bones of these dead.
While a broken heart is pouring over the grave of a loved one who can never return to them, there is at the same time a banquet going on over the grave of the dead. Yes, it’s a celebration for these wicked individuals in power because more wealth and power are added to their accounts.
You might think “Well, it’s the government. The government is corrupt anyway.”
But what if I tell you that there is also another selling of the dead that is not in the government. It is a very lucrative business, you know. The business transactions take place every Sunday. The dead are being sold to the devil in the hundreds as they were given a false Gospel. Many of these poor souls are not even given the Gospel at all.
Yes, you guess it right. I am referring to the so-called churches that act more like entertainment centers or night clubs than the house of God. These churches are filled with false teachers whose god is their belly. Not only do they condemn themselves before a holy and righteous God for their damnable heresies but they also damn others to the same hell they are heading with their false teachings. Peter himself gave the admonishment about these false teachers in 2 Peter 2: 1-3
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”
Is this a depressing thought, that the wicked continue to prosper while the righteous suffer? Many centuries ago, the psalmist Asaph also raised the same question in Psalm 73. He was almost to the point of giving up hope until he went into the sanctuary of God and realized there was an end to the wicked. Be sure that God will rise up to judge the wicked of this world one day. He is never slack concerning His judgment, but is ever gracious and merciful in allowing people time and space to repent. When you look all around you and find the world filled with wickedness and corruption, please take heart that God will bring justice. He will never acquit the wicked but will repay them for their evil deeds.
If you are a born-again child of God, it is time to take up your cross and follow Christ! He wants you to go out and share the good news of the Gospel to a lost and dying world who are looking for answers and hope in the midst of all of the chaos around them. Judgment is coming and this is your chance to make a difference in someone’s life for all eternity.