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Last year I visited a church that was having “Confession Sunday.” After a long session of some rock ‘n roll worship, a video interview the pastor did with one of the church’s elders was played before the congregation. To make a long story short, the elder had been caught at the church watching pornography. He’d apparently been accessing pornography for over 30 years on a nearly daily basis.
His wife told a heartbreaking tale of how his actions made her feel like she wasn’t good enough, strong enough, or Christian enough. He then publicly came forward and apologized to the church.
Temptation is a funny thing because it tends to: 1) hit us where we’re most vulnerable; 2) provide a promise for us to feel better; 3) be specifically tailored to the unique wants each of us has; & 4) seem more appealing to us than what life currently has in store.
Just because someone goes public and confesses their sins and talks about their temptations doesn’t mean that the temptation is going to go away. In some cases, it may even be more tempting after the confession because now it seems even “naughtier.”
But there’s good news - God has promised to make a way out of that temptation. Our job? We’ve got to look for it.
You know that bug I talked about the kids having last week? The one that caused double pneumonia in one of my sons? Yeah… this weekend it has been my turn to battle the nastiness. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this physically ill - from the burning cough to constant chest discomfort to the headache that pounds after my cough thanks to the fever, I’ve spent most of the last 3 days huddled in a corner, feeling miserable.
Enduring these circumstances makes it easy to see why so many look forward to the end of this system of things. The thought of no more sickness, no more death, and no more sadness is extremely appealing while you’re hacking up lung tissue and watching 3 seasons of Doctor Who because you can’t do much else.
Ending the sickness… that’s often just a short-term goal, isn’t it? When we’re sick, we just want to be better. I know I’d give anything to stop this blasted cough right now! But then, when we do get better, we move on, don’t we? We forget about the sickness because it’s gone, hopefully forever.
From a Christian’s eyes, the sickness of the soul that is caused by sin can be cured, but only through one basic method. It’s open to everyone, many come and embrace it every day, but then… well, they’re considered “well” aren’t they? We forget about them. It’s time to stop that, I think.