Friday, August 21, 2009

Don’t be a boiled Christian

Are you familiar with the boiling frog story? “It is a widespread anecdote describing a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability of people to react to important changes that occur gradually.”

Unfortunately, I think we can find more than one Christian who has experienced this phenomenon as it relates to being slowly, but eventually completely, infected by the things of this world that are against the character and will of God. Do you know what I am talking about? You allow a little of the world in and then it gradually expands. It starts with small amounts of compromise, but before you know it, it has you and you are all in. You are being boiled alive.
“I can handle looking at that stuff. It won’t affect me. I can hang out with those friends. I won’t start using those bad words or doing the things they do." But, it happens. You slowly get sucked in and before you know it, you’re seemingly small compromises result in all-out sin and sometimes addiction. You feel far from God, you are cooked, and you wonder, "how did that happen"?
We must be aware of this tendency and not allow ourselves to fall into this trap of the enemy. We are in the world, but we are not supposed to conform to it. Have you taken the temperature lately?

1 comment:

Connection in Christ said...

Amen! Love this post!