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Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Nature of Temptation

In the positions of leadership you have held (at home, work, school, in the community or church), how have you felt the temptation to pursue your own goals regardless of the effects it could have on others? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1040).

The question here is “how”, thankfully not “what”. I don't feel inclined to parade the “what” of my temptations, only to testify to their strength and the workings of temptation on the mind. When I am tempted, it strongly affects me. I am highly motivated to assume the act and clothe myself in an attitude that dresses it up in finery. Without doubt, the drive to rationalize away the wrongness of an act or attitude has immense power. Then it becomes clear that there are no limits to what rationalization can justify. Rationalization is a treacherous form of escapism in which we are tempted to focus on selfish gratification and hide from our consciousness the fact that we are hurting others—the latter aspect is an inevitable part of the deal as, of course, is the additional factor that hurt is also of necessity self-inflicted for it can never be in our interest to engage in escapism however dressed in deceptive phantasmagorical delights that shield us from reality. I once heard that clothes hide a multitude of sins. It is deeply ingrained in us to hide from reality and take the “cover story” as truth. Thus, it becomes our duty in times of temptation to look at facts head on—not yielding to a clouded mind, but righteously—striving for Godly vision—seeing truthfully past all human delusion to the flotsam and jetsam that befoul and pain our world due to self-indulgent escapism and the desire for power.


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