…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles… Hebrews 12: 1
Living near Fort Knox, Kentucky, I grew up hearing the massive booms of tank fire as troops trained for missions. Nowadays, Army helicopters from the base often fly low in formation in a direct path over my house! I can hear them approaching far off in the distance and know that I’m about to experience my whole house jarring as they pass overhead! I know they’re coming and I know what effect there will be!
If only sin was like that! We could be aware it was coming and prepare for what would happen next! Unfortunately, sin generally sneaks in quietly, a little bit at a time.
An illustration I’ve heard demonstrates this idea. If you drop a frog into a pot of boiling water, he’ll jump right out, not being able to stand the hot temperature . However, if you place it in a pot of cool water and slowly turn up the heat, it will stay contentedly in the water until its death. (I’ve never personally tried this, but the concept makes sense.)
Our fall into sin is often like that! We’re in over our heads before we realize what’s happened! As Christians, we are fed worldly views a little at a time or sometimes in huge doses. Slowly, over time, we begin to accept sins as okay. We see sinful lifestyles portrayed in media and become convinced they are normal. We listen to inappropriate language and begin to use it ourselves. We read articles that sway our beliefs that we should pursue the path of self-fulfillment and putting our wants and needs above others. All of these mind changes can slowly erode our sense of right and wrong, our moral compass.
We must be on guard against the invasion of sin, whether it comes crashing into our lives like a formation of helicopters, or quietly slipping in like water being heated slowly. May we throw off everything that hinders and entangles us!