In more recent years we got into raising chickens. That is why a recent article in the Farm World weekly newspaper caught my eye. It seems that this year avian influenza has hit the bird population all across the Midwest. This is why at least nine states have banned all poultry from their county fairs.
What a disappointment for those families who have spent time and money raising their layers, broilers, ducks, geese, or turkeys! It seems a shame to keep all birds from the fair just because some were infected with the avian flu. But there is a good reason for this.
I couldn’t help thinking about another disease that has caused havoc amongst the human race. From soon after the time of creation, Adam and Eve decided to disobey God and through them sin entered into the world and death by sin. Because of this tragedy they were forced to leave the beautiful Garden of Eden that God had created for them. Worse than that they broke the relationship they had with their heavenly Father. From that time forward every human who has ever lived has been born with a sinful nature. There is none righteous, no not one (Romans 3:10)!
There may be people who live good and productive lives, but the Bible says, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has been guilty of all.” Even the tiniest of white lies or a wrong thought makes a person guilty of breaking the whole law. There is no one who can escape this malady.
His death and resurrection are the antidote to this horrible problem we all have had since birth. By believing in Jesus Christ we are cleansed from our sin and able again to enter God’s presence and have a relationship with Him by grace through faith. What a gift and blessing!
If you visit a county fair in the Midwest this year, don’t even bother going to the chicken barn. It will be empty and silent until they can figure out a cure for the avian flu. This is so sad! But the good news is that you don’t have to be kept out of heaven because of your sin disease. God has made a way to gain access to His presence through faith in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Make sure to tell all your friends about this great news!
Oh, and I’ll see you at the county fair later this summer!