The title of Clint Eastwood’s classic western film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly provides a much more accurate assessment of life than I initially thought. In this context, the good symbolizes blessings, fruits of hard work, rewards, success and victories in life. Meanwhile, the bad includes accidents, disappointment, failure, injuries, setbacks and unforeseen events. Ugly represents examples of when life is cruel and unfair, taking the forms of curses, demonic influences and generational sins.
You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, Exodus 20:5.
On my first day back to work following bereavement for my father in law’s funeral, I received more bad news. One of my co-workers Dominic, suffered a brain aneurism on one of his day’s off. Dominic is one of those people you enjoy interacting with, engaging, friendly, kind and at times longwinded. Nonetheless, Dominic had just received a promotion, relocating to a new building in Maryland. His future looked bright until a severe brain aneurism has left Dominic on the verge of death. For a young man with a girl friend and the rest of his life in front of him, this fate doesn’t seem fair.
However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you: Deuteronomy 28:15.
The only way to explain this tragedy and similar heart breaking stories can be found in the ten commandments, specifically Exodus 20:5. Moses reflects upon this biblical truth within an entire chapter in Deuteronomy. Moses spends the first 14 verses of chapter 28 highlighting signs of God’s blessings. The remaining 54 verses uncover hints of curses and or consequences of generational sins. Due to the extent of details shared within this chapter of the Bible, it’s safe to say more curses exist than blessings. Subsequently, people shouldn’t be surprised by examples of when life is cruel and unfair. In view of this harsh reality, it’s essential to live each day on earth like it’s your last, assuring and preparing yourself for life beyond this world, 1 John 5:13.
by Jay Mankus