What Difference Does It Make?
“But in the end, does it really make a difference what anyone does?”
(Ecclesiastes 3:9, The Message)
The famous quote in the title refers to Hilary Clinton‘s response to the Senate panel review about the Benghazi United States Embassy attacks which occurred on September 11, 2012.
Her point is that instead of complaining about the past and placing blame, the panel should be concerned about how to change the system so that this kind of event does not happen again in the future. No matter one’s political opinion (about Clinton or Benghazi, about Democrats or Republicans), the principle is still very sound advice. The Bible teaches that we should be more concerned about future instead of worrying about what people do around us.
Jesus said it this way:
“Don’t fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28, HCSB)
We should not be worried about the past, nor about people who can harm you by making threats (even threats of death). We should not even be worried about trying to be the most successful in life, the richest in life, the most influential in life. There are some things in life which we should not worry about. The reason is that in the end, in comparison to eternity, it doesn’t matter. Because in the end, “what difference does it make?”
“For what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his life?”
(Mark 8:36, HCSB)