Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Involving Others in Sin

On vacation in Philly with my daughter, visiting my mom, eating cheese steaks, tastecakes, and soft pretels, cheering for the Phillies, saying hello to old friends helping mom with some chores and errands.

computer seems to be malfunctioning a bit. Will get it looked at when I get back.

Reading 1 Samuel. Struck by chapter 28:8 "So Saul disguised himself and put on other garments and went, he and two men with him. ..."

At this point in the story, Saul, who started so well, is not following God. he is doing much that he knows is wrong, yet he continues in his willful, prideful, destructive, sin. That is bad enough, but as this verse implies, he is now inivolving others in his sin.

Why is it that just like Saul, we often do the same thing? We suck people into the vortex of our sinful choices and cause them to follow down the same destructive path? Weigh in. let's hear what you think.


Laura said...

Likely a number of reasons - how we rationalize that it's not so bad, we are not alone, the passing the buck mentality, on & on & on. Bottom line our sinful nature.

Will.I.Am Surrendering said...

Maybe it's not so much that we want to involve others in our sins as much as others are already involved in the same sins we're involved in. More "birds of a feather that flock together" than "misery loves company".

Will.I.Am Surrendering

Llama Momma said...

This is our tendency, isn't it? And I can't help but think of my children too...they do the same thing. Drag eachother into making bad choices, then blame the other one for getting them into trouble.

Shannon said...

It seems that the reality even if we don't want to face it is that we love sin and so we love to sin and because this is true we love to bring others into our love of sin. But this horrible truth about ourselves is what makes the cross so wonderful, "while we were still sinners Christ died for us". This is how God demonstrates his love for people like us. Amazing!!

Shannon Estell

ChosenRebel said...

Yes I think all three comments so far are on target.

Saul knew it was wrong. He had given the commands to eliminate the false prophets and scorcerers, but now he goes seeking out their aid. Is this a picture of how we think when we turn our back on God? unmindful of the greatness of his forgiveness, do we run away at an even faster pace and try to find comfort in odd fellowship of those who will join us in our sin, when the ONE who can really and only satisfy us is only repentance away?

O Saul, you are so much like me.

I hate Saul's example and follow it too frequently. Lord, make my feet march to the rhythm of your heart.