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Dangerous and Deadly

Debating has become a national pastime.  With greater access through public media, either or both sides of an issue can have a large audience to hear and comment on opinions expressed. Thus, we have personal irritations, business frustrations, political aggravations, and a host of other situations “aired”.  It is amazing how many people post or state their views with dogmatic fervor. 

One can find discussions on most every topic under the sun regularly discussed on television, talk shows, printed media, and personal conversations.  However, one topic that is rarely reviewed is the true root cause of the decadence, violence, rebellion, and immoral behavior that is so prevalent.  Those who “love” certain sinful acts tout their affinities.  Those who stand against flagrant and crass immorality speak of the rejection of the will of God and Scripture.  But what is the root cause which motivates individuals to be pulled so far from common decency to the outer realms of demonic deviancy?  Consider the prognosis given by James….

James 1;13-17 – 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 

When any person lingers too long where we should not be, the sin that results may be so destructive that it removes a person from their family, job, church friends, and their previous good reputation.  Continually desiring what is not a “God-honoring” passion will finally cause one to be “fixed” on the sin to the point of no return.

Several years ago, our family visited Niagara Falls. It was spring, and ice was rushing down the river. As I viewed the large blocks of ice flowing toward the falls, I could see that there were carcasses of dead fish embedded in the ice. Gulls by the score were riding down the river feeding on the fish. As they came to the brink of the falls, their wings would go out, and they would escape from the falls.

I watched one gull which seemed to delay and wondered when it would leave. It was engrossed in the carcass of a fish, and when it finally came to the brink of the falls, out went its powerful wings. The bird flapped and flapped and even lifted the ice out of the water, and I thought it would escape. But it had delayed too long so that its claws had frozen into the ice. The weight of the ice was too great, and the gull plunged into the abyss.

The material possessions of this world can entrap us if we become too attached to them. They will take us to our destruction if we cannot give them up. And as Dr.Sweeting observed, “Oh, the danger of delay!”  (Adaptation of Dr. George Sweeting’s Special Sermons for Special Days).