Monday, June 21, 2010

The Allure

Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem; and he did not do what was right in the sight of the LORD, as his father David had done. For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made molded images for the Baals. 2 Chronicles 28: 1-2

Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 28-29: John 17

So we’ve been reading about all of these kings of Judah and Israel. Some of them followed the example of David and good things happened. Most of them did not and bad things happened.

You’d think they would get the clue right?

I mean really. How many generations do you need to look back on to get the pattern. Following the law is good. Not following the law is bad bad bad.

But let’s keep it real for a minute here. The allure of the dark side is strong man…

Very strong.

Ok stop judging me like you don’t know what I’m talking about. You don’t have to be an outright scoundrel and rapscallion to understand what I mean here.

We have all dabbled in the darkness.

You know that old story about the kid who got caught with their hand in the cookie jar? There is something exciting about taking that chance; taking that risk, looking for shortcuts to get what you want. Often times those short cuts aren’t criminal, but what if they require stepping on someone else to get ahead? What if they require us to compromise our beliefs, even just a tad bit?

It’s these incremental compromises that lead us down the wrong path. One little white lie here, one selfish act there, and all of the sudden we see the objects of our desire coming closer and closer if only we do a little more dirt to get them.

But it’s a mirage.

Even we do walk that shady path and get what we thought we wanted to be, we will soon find out that it is not what will fulfill our lives. And then we will look back on that path that we carved out in the sand and see nothing but destruction in our wake.

So if you are thinking about taking shortcuts to get to where you want to be, be very very careful. Make sure that you analyze the path that you are on. Ask yourself what must be compromised to walk it.

Because odds are that IF you reach the finish line intact… the reward will be nothing compared to what you left behind.

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