Humans are the only species who intentionally do things they know to be dangerous, for no reason but desire. Animals die because of letting their guard down or being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Humans are the only ones who intentionally put themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Smoking. Drug and alcohol abuse. Crime. Texting while driving. Bungee jumping. Over-eating.
Animals don’t play Russian Roulette.
We may not spin the cylinder of a revolver, but we have all done something we know is less than healthy. As bizarre as it is; we will again.
One who separates himself seeks his own desire; he quarrels against all sound wisdom. A fool does not delight in understanding, but in revealing his own mind. [i]
When Abraham ventured to a new land with his nephew and their families, his nephew (Lot) chose a very fertile valley along with the pleasures of living in a city.
Bad company corrupts good character.[ii] Lot chose to live among people he knew were wicked. His reasons for living there were not to engage in their corruption, his intention of living there was to increase his wealth. But, he knew the dangers.
God wanted to bless Abraham and his entire family (including Lot). He had great plans for all of them (“… I know the plans I have for you … plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” [iii]). Though living those plans, and with people praying for him, Lot chose to continue his life near danger. In the end it cost him his wife, two of his daughters with their husbands and the husbands his other two daughters planned to marry.
The entire debacle set him up for posterity only through incest.
Not the way any of us would want our obituary to read.
Think About it
Many of those you deal with have just been camped too close to the enemy. Their lifestyle, while perhaps not bad itself, is corrupted by association.
More examples of why church security is so different. Pray for opportunities to help some move their camp. Look for redemption in others while considering your own journey.
If you think you are where you are because of how good you’ve been, pray for healing from arrogance.
[i] Proverbs 18:1 & 2 (NASB)
[ii] I Corinthians 15:33 (NIV)
[iii] Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)