Karma? No Thanks!

Submitted by Chris Conly on Sun, 02/25/2018 - 15:16

         Recently I had a coworker tell me he believed in karma.  (from here forward I will refer to my coworker as Cowo and alternate the he/she pronouns)  Cowo told me this as she was describing her moral stance on a common occurrence associated with her job.  He also let me know very quickly that not everyone followed his ethical choice.  Karma would pay these people back and she wanted no part of that because, “I believe in Karma”.  I am telling you about Cowo’s belief, and fear, of karma because he has also told me he is a Christian.  You might be saying, “What’s the big deal?”.  Now, I could get all theologian on you and go into the history of Buddhism and how karma is the backbone of Hinduism, but I would rather focus on Christ.  I am not even saying I disagree with Cowo.  I only want to get to the root cause of why she used the word karma to describe a well-known Biblical teaching found in and around two verses, whatever a man sows, that he will also reap (Gal 6:7), and do to other as you would have them do to you (Mat 7:12; Lk 6:31).  Even the people that only make it to church on Easter and Christmas have heard these verses used in a sermon.  So why do Christians like Cowo bypass the Word of God and profess allegiance with a non-Christian belief like karma?  Are you ready for the answer?  Because the Word of God has not changed the way they think.  Romans 12:2 says, Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  To himself and others, Cowo’s actions may appear to be Godly, but his motivation comes from self.  Cowo had figured out that following this particular procedure would earn her more money, in the long run.  Oh, and of course, make him feel better about it because, “it’s the right thing to do.”  But we all know that the right thing without the right motivation is not the right thing, it’s really just luck, or maybe karma.  If any of us want to live knowing the “right thing” in all circumstances, we have to think with a mind not of this world.  Only a mind that has been transformed by the Word of God, is able to prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  Which mind is controlling your thoughts?