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Toyota and sin's slippery slope

 

For those struggling with the routine ups and downs that dot our daily existence, think about this: we could be Toyota! Now they’ve had some problems, haven’t they? First it was stuck accelerators, then brakes, and the latest is steering difficulties. It seems as if once you’re under the media magnifier it is difficult to get out. They’re on a slippery slope.

After Cain’s sacrifice was rejected, God told him:

If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it."  (Genesis 4:7).

Rather than rub Cain’s face in his failure, our Father warned him about the slippery slope of sin. The picture used was of a beast (possibly a lion), lying in wait for the inhabitant of the house to come outside. It’s as if the initial sin caught the animal’s attention, allowed it to pick up Cain’s scent, and track him to his home. Now its intent was to devour him. God told Cain he must overcome this. Sadly, Cain didn’t take heart to the warning and he fell prey to the creature.

There’s a lot of truth here to work with. I think we’re to understand that so often it’s not the first sin that destroys us. (Let me state the obvious that none of this is to make light of sin in any way. No one in their right mind wishes to do that). Still, the initial sin so often opens to door to more sin by disheartening us, causing us to be envious or jealous of others in different situations than ours, making us feel like a failure, etc. It’s exactly at this point we must dig in and hold our ground.

We do that by not only taking our sin seriously, but also by taking God’s forgiveness and healing seriously. We remember that His grace is greater than our sin --- end of story. Furthermore, we also take community seriously. We share our struggle with people who know us and can help us. The support and encouragement we receive keeps us from becoming hardened (Hebrews 3:13). I’m not trying to suggest this is easy (it isn’t), but a descent into sin is not inevitable!

We can stand and God will help us (Ephesians 6:10ff). 
 
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