2011-08-23

The Dark Knight And Car Theft – We Can’t Justify Our Crimes

by Yo Snyder

James 1:14-15 “…but each one is tempted when, by his own
evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived
it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”
Recently in Pittsburgh, where they’re currently filming the new movie The Dark
Knight Rises (an important point to this story, so don’t forget it) a man
attempted to carjack someone’s vehicle. The only problem was the car happened
to be an unmarked police car, and the person inside of it was a plain clothes
policeman. When the unfortunate would-be thief discovered this, he said that
actually he was a part of the movie filming nearby and that the carjacking was
in the script. Obviously not true, but you got to give the guy credit for
trying. You and I really aren’t any different when it comes to justifying our
own crimes. Whenever we want to get away with a sin – and let’s be honest,
there are at least a few of those — we usually have a pretty good reason for
it, or at least some clever justification for it. However, the truth is there
is no reason good enough or any excuse clever enough to justify sin. However,
the good news is there’s a pretty simple way to avoid that whole problem to
begin with; stop putting what we want ahead of what God wants. The Bible says
we sin because of our own desires, so it only stands to reason that if we can
rein in our own cravings and surrender our desires for God’s, we won’t have to
come up with clever excuses for sin because the more we pursue the desires of
God, the less sin will be a part of the equation. Sounds good to me.