Sinning has consequences!

The tragedy of a sinful choice is not only what happens right now, but also the impact it can have on a person’s future and the future of the people surrounding that person. Part of the reason for any stupid choice we make is we don’t stop and think about the consequences of that stupid choice. Rationalizing that the choice is not wrong can lead us to thinking it’s not stupid; therefore, the choice won’t hurt or offend anybody.

But in reality, it is stupid to sin because we are rejecting the truth of God’s Word which has many commands, warnings, and promises for us to follow. We rationalize and justify our sinful thinking and actions, and we don’t deal with the reality that sin is never logical. We need to be honest and admit that sin is stupid, ungodly, destructive, and makes no sense compared to the holiness of God or the perfect example Jesus displayed while He was on this earth as a man (John 1:14). Jesus was holy and righteous in the sight of God, and He set an example that we should walk in His steps.

If we allow the light of God’s Word to shine on our hearts, we will clearly acknowledge that sin is stupid, selfish, wicked, unholy, condemning, divisive, destructive, and ungodly. It does not bring glory to God, and it’s not like Jesus Christ who “also loved you and gave Himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:2). One of the major areas we tend to minimize or often ignore is that sin always has a price to be paid. Ezekiel 18:4 clearly warns us, “The soul who sins will die,” and Proverbs 13:15 (KJV) says, “But the way of transgressors is hard.” Galatians 6:8 tells us, “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”

But thank God, through Jesus Christ and His shed blood, we can be forgiven and have a new life in Christ, and we will live with God for eternity, and the curse of sin will be removed!

Once again, Paul made it clear to us as children of God in Galatians 6:8 “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” Even though God has warned us many times throughout His Word about the consequences of sin, we still make stupid choices to disobey God’s Word and bring about the results and consequences of our selfish choices which are a result of our selfish thinking because as a man “thinks within himself, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).

Let’s admit it: Sinning is stupid! It’s not logical, and if we are going to please God, we need to repent which literally means ‘a change of the mind.’ We also need to obey 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Confess means to say the same thing God would say. We need to confess our sin to God and to the appropriate people whom we’ve sinned against.

We also need to ask God’s forgiveness for the times we are stupid by allowing our sinful thinking to lead to sinful actions instead of allowing our thinking and actions to be controlled by the truth of His Word.

We also need to ask forgiveness of the person(s) we have offended, and we need to restore our relationship with God and the person(s) we have offended. And when we are tempted to sin in the future or simply living our daily lives, we should always put on the mind of Christ and make a conscious choice to live like Jesus in the various situations God allows to come into our lives, our marriages, our families, our friendships, our ministries, or any situation.

I’m the first to call myself an idiot

The title of my book “What God Can Do With An Idiot” is intended to encourage all of us! The title for each chapter is what it is because I don’t want anybody thinking I’m maliciously calling these individuals from the Bible an idiot. None of us should ever think we can “judge” the life of a person and condemn them by pointing out all of his or her sinful thinking and sinful actions.

Instead, I want to communicate the truth from God’s Word that sometimes ALL of us – even and especially me! – think and act in a “stupid” manner because none of us are perfect in our thinking or actions.

In spite of these individuals behaving like “idiots” for a period of time or a specific moment, God’s Word reveals the truth that God’s love, grace, mercy, sovereignty, patience, faithfulness, forgiveness, and other attributes allowed Him to use these individuals to impact the lives of others. But most importantly, these people were used to bring glory to God which means to give the right opinion of God.

As you will see, that’s exactly what happened in spite of the ‘stupid choices’ each person made.

It’s encouraging to know the truth that God has a plan for each one of us. One of the passages in God’s Word that has encouraged me in many ways is Jeremiah 29:11-14a:

“‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord.”

When we search for God with all of our hearts, we will follow the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:5:

“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

So as your brother in Christ, or as a friend, I want to encourage you, if you are married, do NOT give this book to your spouse on their birthday or for Christmas; or, as a son or daughter, do NOT give this book to your dad or mom on their birthday or for Christmas. If you do, you’re a “stupid idiot”!

Even a drug dealer can bring glory to His name!

I grew up in the South and was an athlete in basketball, football, and baseball. I lived out in the country, so I enjoyed hunting with a variety of different guns that my dad taught me how to shoot. I had a lot of friends and enjoy being around people and working together or enjoying activities like athletics, board games, and parties.

I was a former drug addict and drug dealer from 13-16 years old, but 3 days after my 16th birthday, I became a Christian, and God totally changed my life.

At 16, I started attending a Christian school and was offered some baseball scholarships, but I chose to go to a Christian college and major in Bible. I’ve served the Lord in Christian camping, pastoring, counseling, public speaking and teaching all over the United States and in foreign countries.

I love the Lord, and I want to encourage people that, even though we all make some stupid choices, God can show us His love, His grace, His mercy, and His power and can still do something with us that will help us grow stronger and bring glory to His name!

“Bold title aims to encourage” from Lafayette Journal & Courier

Thank you to the Lafayette Journal & Courier for publishing an interview with me on the front page of the paper! I enjoyed speaking with Domenica and sharing a story from my life that led to writing “What God Can Do With An Idiot”.

The only thing I would have done differently with the article would be to strike “Christians” from the title. Christians aren’t the only idiots. We’re all idiots. We all make mistakes and bad choices, but God loves all of us. Click on the image of the article below to read the entire interview.

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Welcome to my new blog!

Hi, and welcome!  My name is Mark Dutton, author of What God Can Do With An Idiot. I’m so happy to have you as a visitor to my blog about my new book.  This project is very special to me, and I hope to share some of that excitement with you here.

I’ll be using this blog to interact with you about What God Can Do With An Idiot, expanding on some of the topics in it and posting on some of the ideas related to my book.  This is a great place for you to get to know me, and I’m looking forward to getting to know you, too.

What did you think of What God Can Do With An Idiot?  What questions do you have for me?  How do you relate to my book?

I’ll be returning here frequently with new posts and responses to feedback from you.

Until next time, please tell me a little bit about yourself.  Thank you!