I know, I know, I’m a little a few months behind in this discussion. Last night Ronda & I were watching Twilight saga: New Moon. As I was watching I identified with Sam, the leader of the wolf pack that Jacob joins.
If you remember, when Bella is taken to Sam’s house his wife Emily is there. The two young guys that take her there tell her not to stare at Emily. When she enters the home she sees Emily’s face scarred up. We begin to assume how this happened. Later Jacob explains that’s why he could nevere be with Bella- Sam got angry & lost control for a split sec. And he can never take that back.
There are obvious spiritual connections in this interchange. The first that comes to mind is Cain & Abel. God responds to Cain’s sacrifice & his anger at Abel in this way:
“If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires you but, you must master it.”
Sin sometimes is like that ability to become a monster. It’s crouching right there in the backs of our minds ready to overcome us, & it’s up to us to fend it off. James reminds us that temptation and then giving into sin is An internal struggle and not an external one: “but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.” (James 1:14).
If we let the sin overtake us then we become the monster. We commit acts of violence that we can’t take back. We have moments that we lose control just for a second and make decisions that alter the our relationships with those around us.
Now is an appropriate time to jam to Skillet’s Monster.
How do we avoid letting sin overtake us and turn us into a monster?
Take the advice of James: ‘Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress,and to keep oneself unstained by the world.’
More later on how to do that…