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Christmas time, 2002, a movie entitled, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, swept the nation.  As you recall, it was about the life of Frank Abagnale, Jr. who conned millions of dollars from major entities through posing as a lawyer, doctor, and airline pilot (among other pretenses).  The amazing thing was that he was so successful in carrying out his charade before his 19th birthday.  The movie’s title reflected the brazen manner in which Abagnale carried out his deeds.  With each success, he felt that he was not going to be caught due to his ingenuity.

It is true that “pride goes before a fall”.  That is the sordid history of all mankind.  In our arrogance with regards to sin, we begin to believe that we are smarter than others that commit some secret sin.  If a person continually dabbles in some deviant and despicable sin and eludes being caught, the level of arrogance increases to the point that they believe they will never be caught.  They even feel proud of their “success” in living one way “in the light” and having a hidden life in the “darkness”.

I don’t know who said it first, but it is true…”Sin always takes you further than you want to go; makes you stay longer than you want to stay; and pay more than you want to pay.”  The sinner disregards the fact that God has already declared that sin is not hidden from his eyes and that “the wages of sin is (still) death”.

Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen was a famous German First World War fighter pilot. He was better known as the Red Baron because he flew a distinctive a red Fokker aircraft. He shot down more combat planes than anyone else on either side in the First World War.  His known kill tally was 80.

On 21st April 1918, he began chasing a Canadian plane that was trying to escape the battle over the Mor-lan-court Ridge, near the river Somme. As the Red Baron pursued his prey, he strayed behind Allied lines. That was to be a fatal error.

He took his plane into a dive that went too low into the enemy lines.  And he also he missed a Canadian pilot (Arthur) “Roy” Brown coming up on his tail to help his comrade.  We will never know whether it was a shot from the ground or a shot from Brown that killed Richthofen.

But what we do know is that the “Red Baron” came to his end because he made the mistake of pursuing that Allied ‘plane “too long, too far, and too low into enemy territory” (as one report so succinctly put it).

And many committed Christians have been shot down because they have followed temptation for too long, gone too far, and sunk too low into enemy territory.  As with Richthofen — they are then caught unawares and then have to deal with the consequences. (Copied).