How often we are reminded by legal authorities that crime doesn’t pay. Oddly enough, in many cases here on earth, crime does pay. All one needs to do to confirm this is look at Washington politicians. They get elected by telling lies on their opponents and make empty promises while holding positions of honor and prestige.
Take a look at all the drug dealers who drive expensive cars, own extravagant houses, wear designer clothes and luxurious jewelry. In fact, crime pays in just about everything. Students cheat on their tests just so they can gain a diploma and have a high paying career. Insider trading may be illegal, but it doesn’t stop the most wealthy and powerful from gaining unfair advantages. Even in the religious world, some preachers are getting more support (salary) than their congregation is aware of while honest preachers go in want. So, why doesn’t crime pay if so many are benefiting from it?
Crime doesn’t pay for two primary reasons. Either the law of man will discover their illegal activities and send them to prison for it, often with hefty fines; Or they will get by with their crime here on earth and have to pay with their soul in hell. As the apostle Paul wrote, “ Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.” 1 Tim 5:24 Although many get by with their crimes, most have to pay for their misdeeds. As Moses wrote, “be sure your sin will find you out.” Nu 32:23
You can run, but you cannot hide. Even if mankind doesn’t discover your sins, God will. Even if you don’t have to pay here on earth for your crimes, you will pay in the life to come. So, do things the honest way, the right way, even if it’s the hard way and get right with God. No, you may not prosper here on earth, but as Paul concluded the matter: “Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.” 1 Tim 5:25