The first step is darkness and confusion in our minds. When we don’t do a good job of filtering the things we expose ourselves to, our minds become dark even though we’re claiming to be wise.
The next step is that we put these dark and confused thoughts into action. We begin to live like this, trading the truth about God for a lie.
The final step is that we are living like this and we are encouraging others to do these things as well.
It’s a spiral that starts with our minds. So its secret and private at first. Until it grabs ahold of us and our thoughts turn into attitudes which become our behaviors. And gradually we drift farther and farther away from God until we’re living a lie.
I recently had a great conversation with some friends about the 50 Shades of Gray book series. I was unaware of the real content of the first book when I downloaded it on my kindle. I read the first 3 chapters and then deleted it off of my kindle. My opinion – its soft porn. If it had pictures, you could put a Playboy or Playgirl cover on it.
Forget the plot – it’s all the other stuff that is also going into our minds along with it that Paul is talking about in Romans. The first step – it’s private……but it’s in there. It’s the first step….. or have we moved onto the 2nd step of saying that it’s ok for us? Or are we already on the 3rd step where we’ve decided it’s ok for us AND we’re telling other people they should do it, too?
We all have this problem in a variety of areas of our lives – it’s called sin. Paul goes on to tell us that God’s kindness is intended to turn us from our sin. God is wonderfully kind, tolerant and patient with us. We don’t deserve it, we can’t earn it – it’s call grace.
Thank you, dear Father, for your abundant grace and love. Please help us turn our minds towards you as we struggle with sin.