Saturday, March 28, 2009

Flirting with Sin

Every action that we make has its consequence.  It can either bring us eternal happiness or lead us to eternal damnation.  We should, therefore,  use carefully the talents that we have been blessed with, live accordingly, and always have our feet firmly planted in the ground.

We are familiar with the story of Samson, the strongest man in the Bible.  He could have been one of the greatest leaders in Bible history had he not squandered his life and wasted his potential and ability.  Let Samson's story serve as a warning to us, especially to those who have been blessed with material success,  a good career and and an easy life- that if we are not responsible stewards,  and allow ourselves to fall into the sweet temptation of sin, we might wake up one day losing everything we've got.   Samson's life is also a story of second chances.  God is a merciful and loving Father and He allows second chances to those who repent.

Like a person trapped in sin, Samson chose not to heed the warnings around him and continued to enjoy his sinful life.  In Judges 16:21 we are told that the "Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes; and they brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze chains, and he was a grinder in the prison."   

This is what sin does to a person: 

First, sin will blind you.  Sin will cause people to do irrational things.  A person blinded with sin can no longer discern right from wrong.  He thinks what he is doing is right; if not, justified.  We see cases of married persons who enter into "harmless flings."  Later on, the so-called "harmless" and  "friendly" fling turns into a sordid affair which causes them to leave their spouses, until they wake up one day to a more miserable life.

We should not flirt with sin.  When it comes knocking on our door,  no matter how enticing and beautiful it is,  no matter how good it makes us feel, we should never answer it.   Not everything that makes us feel "good" is good for us.  It is a lie.  Sin makes us blind.

Then,  sin will find you.  The spouse who does something "fishy" behind his spouse's back might feel a sense of euphoric excitement with his first sexual encounter with his friend with benefits.  He likes it that he does it over and over a few times more, thinking that as long as he is careful,  he is safe.   He is a fool for he is taking the bait.  "Be sure your sin will find you out." (Numbers 32:23)

And lastly, sin will grind you.  You will eventually pay the price of your actions.  You reap what you sow.  A trust is betrayed,  your marriage is broken, your reputation is tarnished, or worse, you will get an "ill-reputable disease" from your philanderings.  A person who commits adultery and  breaks the sacrament of marriage will eventually pay a price for it.

Samson is a concrete example of how sin destroyed a "big" person.  Once a person of important stature and strong powers, he was reduced to a nobody, a laughing stock, because he flirted with sin and later on became enslaved to it.

However, because he served a merciful God, he was given a second chance.   The Bible says that the Lord gave him back his strength,  and he was able to exact vengeance to the Philistines, but he died along with them.    Samson's life would have had a better and happier ending had he not fall wayward and allowed sin to overtake his life.  Although he was pardoned by God who gave back his strength, he still reaped the consequences of his wrongful acts.  

Moral of the story:  flirt not with sin.  It may appear enticing and fun, but the consequences are not worth it.

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