Practical Living through Biblical Principles

Subtle Sin with Major Consequences

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By Yolanda K. Edwards

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – John 10:10

Oftentimes, when we think about the words kill, steal, and destroy, we think about incidents that are immediately evident. Things that people are instantly aware of, like physical death, white-collar crimes (i.e. embezzlement), theft, or national catastrophes such as hurricanes, fires, or major destruction.

Though these things do occur, the enemy will sometimes introduce sin in subtle ways so we as Christians don’t realize what we are caught up in until it is too late and we find ourselves at a point where it is hard to get out or we are in need of some serious deliverance.

We have to be cognizant of the many ways the enemy will subtly introduce sin.  One is through the television.  You see, the enemy uses television to “tell-a-vision”.  Another way is though music…to tell a story and capture the minds of people, particularly our youth.  He uses media devices to subtly plant the idea of sin in our minds and subconscious.  Before you know it, we begin to overlook the sin we see on a daily basis.  Some of us might even find ourselves indulging in sin ourselves. 

Let’s take a look at a few of the popular T.V. shows (Empire, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder).  Each of these shows subtly introduced homosexuality into our homes. Some of us have noticed, but have not really given it much thought. In some cases, we see it as no big deal.  We continue to watch the shows and overlook the sin as if it is okay.  Even if you were initially annoyed by it, you continue to watch the show and it becomes a norm, not just on television, but also in real life.

New flash…it’s not the norm, and it’s not okay.  The bible tells us in Leviticus 18.22 “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.”  At what point does Christians say enough is enough and stand up for God’s word.

We’ve got to get to a point where the world’s norm is not our norm; to where we no longer conform to this world, but strive daily to renew our minds by reading and applying His word, that we may prove what is good, acceptable, and the perfect will of God.

Prayer Starter – Lord, I’ve struggled with overlooking subtle sinful acts and holding people accountable for committing those acts or living sinful life styles that are not pleasing to you.  I’ve over looked these things for so long, that I no longer think about the devastating consequences these sinful acts may have, even to the detriment of other’s salvation.  Lord, please forgive me.  Help me not to conform to this world, but renew my mind daily so that I may…

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