Righteousness or Sin--by Kimberly B. Southall

Righteousness and sin are opposites. Righteousness is knowing and doing God's will--what is right. And sin is not doing God's will--what is wrong. The Bible teaches us an important lesson about righteousness and sin:

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. --Proverbs 14:34 (NIV)
Let's break that down, to make it easy to understand. Righteousness (doing what is right) exalts (lifts up or honors) a nation (a country--like the United States). But sin (doing what is wrong) is a disgrace (a shame, a dishonor, or a humiliation) to any people. 

Think about that. Did you ever realize that what you do has an impact on your country? It's true. A nation is made of its many people. You aren't responsible for all of the other people in your country, but what you do (and don't do) does have an impact on the whole country. If you choose to be righteous, then you are helping to exalt our nation. If, on the other hand, you choose to sin, then you are taking part in disgracing our nation.

Ask yourself this question--"If everyone acted the way I do, would this be a righteous or a sinful nation?" That's certainly something to think about, isn't it? When it comes right down to it, the well-being of our country starts with each of us. Which do you choose for our country--righteousness or sin?

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