This is my artile that was published today in the Natoma-Luray Independent section of the Russell County News.
In too deep
Last week, I got involved in a discussion on facebook regarding a controversial topic that has been in the media the past few weeks. A person asked a question regarding this topic, several, including myself, answered, and then we proceeded to challenge each other on the basis of our answers. I will not go into the details of the discussion here, but let’s just say that it was eight against one; and I was the one.
The problem with internet arguments is the problem with face to face arguments: neither side wants to lose. Each of us wanted to have the last word, so each of us kept posting our responses every chance we got.
Before I knew it, I was in too deep. Walking away would have looked like I had forfeited, admitted that those I was arguing against were right, and that my arguments were faulty at best, or just plain wrong at the worst. And I did not want to do that, so I got deeper and deeper into the discussion with no hope of getting out. Ultimately, a truce was called, and the discussion will wait for another day.
That is the way it goes with sin: we start out just sticking our toe in the sin trying it once or twice, just to see if we like it. Then pretty soon we have our whole foot firmly planted in, and that occasional sin, now becomes a more regular occurrence as we begin to wade further and further out away from God and into sin, until pretty soon, we are in too deep and we find that we cannot live without that daily dose of sin.
But Satan is not about to call a truce and let us go. Satan has us right where he wants us and he has his hands wrapped tightly around us, trapping us so that we cannot get out, pulling us even deeper and deeper in; trying to drown us in a raging flood of sin and death.
But in the midst of our drowning in sin, Christ pulls us out of the very depths of sin and places us back into His grace. Sin tried to pull us down, but Christ has planted His cross of victory in the midst of our sins, and pulled us up and out of the devil’s clutches, and placed us safely back under His heavenly care and protection.
But that is not the end of it. Whereas we were once overwhelmed by the flood of our sins, now we are overwhelmed by the flood of God’s grace and mercy and love. God has washed us clean from the stain of our sins with the blood of Jesus and now we are once more holy and righteous in His eyes. From the depths of sin to the depths of God’s love, that is our faith story.
God Bless! Pastor Schmidt