MASTERCARD MENTALITY 
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IF WE WOULD STOP AND THINK A BIT 
OF WHAT TOMORROW HOLDS; 
WE'D NOT BE SO QUICK TO ACT 
AND LET OUR WRATH UNFOLD. 
 
WE'D SURELY BE MORE CAUTIOUS: 
NOT GIVE OUR FLESH FREE COURSE. 
COMPARING SEED WITH HARVEST FULL; 
WE'D HOLD OURSELVES BY FORCE. 
 
GET IT NOW AND LATER PAY: 
THE MENTALITY OF TODAY. 
 
DON'T COMPARE PRODUCT AND COST, 
JUST HAVE IT NOW DESPITE THE LOSS. 
 
NOW, MY FRIEND, YOU MUST SEE 
HOW THIS AFFECTS BOTH YOU AND ME; 
 
HOW IT SPANDS FROM SEA TO SEA, 
THIS MASTERCARD MENTALITY. 
 
THIS STYLE OF THOUGHT WITH ALL ITS SIN, 
COME FROM A LACK OF DISCIPLINE. 
 
THINKING WE MUST HAVE IT NOW, 
NOT WISELY WEIGHING THE PRICE: 
IF WE COULD SEE BOTH SIDE BY SIDE, 
IT WOULD NOT SEEM SO NICE. 
 
THIS STYLE OF THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW 
BRINGS MUCH PAIN AND SIN. 
IT'S FROM A LACK OF CHARACTER: 
OLD FASHIONED DISCIPLINE. 
 
YES, HAVE IT NOW, THAT CRUEL REMARK: 
BE SELFISH IN WHAT YOU SAY. 
YOU'VE DONE YOUR DEED ON CREDIT; 
BUT DON'T FORGET YOU'LL PAY. 
 
THAT PLEASURE YOU SO THINK YOU NEED, 
MUST HAVE IT RIGHT AWAY; 
YOU'VE GOT IN NOW ON CREDIT; 
YOU'LL PAY THE COST SOMEDAY. 
 
TAKE IT NOW YOU LITTLE THIEF: 
CAN'T WAIT TO EARN IT RIGHT. 
ALL THE TIME GOD'S LOOKING ON; 
IT'S ALL WITHIN HIS SIGHT. 
 
FORNICATION MAY GIVE YOU CHILLS, 
THRILLS ON CREDIT-PLEASE NOTE. 
THE PRICE IS HIGHER THAN IT'S WORTH; 
"SIN DONE SUNK YER BOAT." 
 
SIN NOW AND LATER PRAY; 
SOUNDS REAL NICE TO SOME. 
GET IT NOW AND LATER PAY; 
COULD NOT BE MORE DUMB. 
 
IF HELL WERE SET BESIDE YOUR SIN, 
IT WOULDN'T LOOK SO FUN; 
YET HELL IS COMING NOW THE SAME 
WHEN YOUR LIFE IS DONE. 
 
COUNT THE COST BEFORE YOU SIN. 
COMPARE THE TWO FIRST THING. 
THEN SIN WILL LOSE ITS GLAMOUR; 
AND TO THE RIGHT YOU'LL CLING. 
 
WHEN THE SIN AND CONSEQUENCE 
ARE SET UP SIDE BY SIDE; 
WITH REPENTANT TEARS YOU'LL POUR 
CONTEMPT ON ALL YOUR PRIDE. 
 
ALL SIN IS DONE ON CREDIT, 
PUNISHMENT TARRIES STILL; 
AND HELL AWAITS EVERY MAN 
WHO LIVES IN HIS OWN WILL. 
 
BUT, HELL IS NOT THE ONLY PRICE; 
SIN PAYS IN THIS LIFE TOO: 
THROUGH HEARTACHE, FEAR, AND MISERY, 
IT NEVER IS QUITE THROUGH. 
 
"HAVE FUN NOW AND LATER PAY", 
IS A FOOLISH PATH TO TAKE. 
LOOK AHEAD AND SEE THE WOE, 
AND TURN FROM JESUS' SAKE! 
 
MARK BULLEN