As we come to the end of the most wonderful week of the year…ahem, Shark Week. I bring you the next post in my Summer Series, which was coincidentally, originally written in 2012 for my brethren, during Shark Week!
Jaws is one of my all time favorite movies and the greatest of Summer reads – for those who dare. Because I have watched it often, since it’s release in 1975, I have thought about it many times, both inside and outside the water.
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 rule over it.” Genesis 4:7
How is that absolute truth, sin and the epic blockbuster Jaws have anything in common? Well fortunately for you I pondered that exact combination recently, hence the post. You see, in the open waters of the sea of life danger lurks.
When it comes to defining sin and absolute truth we need to be clear about what we believe. You need to be clear about truth, my friend. The culture we live in demands it. If not you will find yourself in shark infested waters, chomped on and unable to survive, spiritually speaking, in a vast sea where sin and truth swim together.
One will cause you to sink, the other will hold you up. I assure you there is no in between. Sink or swim.
I love sharks. They are fascinating creatures. But they are also menacing creatures. When you look into a shark’s eyes, there is blackness. A soulless darkness that wreaks of death.In the movie Jaws, the shark is portrayed as a fearless eating machine. I can’t help but think that the shark in the movie reminds me of sin.
Sin brings death. Sin seeks to consume.
I see in the three main characters of this story different ways of dealing with sin, unsuccessfully. Each reflect different faces of the ultimate sin which entangles: pride.
Captain Quint thinks he can outwit the shark because he is a master of the sea, a relentless Captain who is experienced, brave and relies on his strong-arm of flesh. Hooper believes his worldly wisdom and knowledge will lead to the catching of the Rogue shark. He thinks his understanding of the shark will be they key to dealing with it. Brody just wants everyone to be happy. His continual compromise and passivity due to his desire to please everyone, ultimately leads to tragedy for everyone.
Friends…sin cannot be reined in by experience, understanding or compromise. Sin is not outwitted by the schemes of man. It cannot be explained away or excused. Sin does not compromise. It always leads to death.
On the other hand, absolute truth always leads to light, peace and safety. It does not bow to men. It is never watered down or conformed to man’s desires. It always leads to life.
Sin is like a shark, absolute truth is like a lighthouse.
There is only one way to deal with sin once it is identified by absolute truth, friends. Once the Holy Spirit brings conviction there can be only one choice. Sin cannot be tamed, compromised, re-named or cajoled.
Sin doesn’t need a bigger boat.
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:12-14
Sin needs to blown clear out of the water of your life.
And that my friends is the absolute truth.
Disclaimer: I am a fan of sharks and do not want to villainize them or give the indication that I think sharks are evil in and of themselves. I think they are wild, beautiful creatures created by the Creator of All and we are stewards of the land and sea and all that are in them. That we fail miserably and often only is the topic of this post. Hope that makes sense.
*Journal Prompt & Possibilities:
1. The topic of Sin will challenge you to the core of your Christianity. The book of Romans is one of the most insightful books into the depth and depravity of sinful man and God’s opinion about it. The Righteousness of Christ is our only hope in dealing with Sin. Explore the topic of Sin in your Bible concordance. Let the Holy Spirit lead you to discover truths and also anything that holds you back from defining Sin the same way God does. Topical exploration of any of these also are great for further contemplation: Righteousness, Grace, Truth, Sanctification. By the way…God is able to clarify DEEP truths for you. He continues to do it for me, He will be faithful to do it for you.
2. Use any of the below quotes or any of the Post above as a prompt and see what comes. Don’t be surprised if you feel passionate. Let your pen write whatever is in you that needs to come out.
“Sin is not outwitted by the schemes of man.”
“Sin is like a shark, absolute truth is like a lighthouse. “
“Sin cannot be tamed, compromised, re-named or cajoled.”
3. Where do you get your definition for Sin? Do you believe Truth is absolute or relative? Why? Can you support your beliefs with Scripture or do you disagree with Scripture?
4. Can you identify times in your life when you thought of sin and/or truth differently? Reflect on the three approaches each of the characters reflects with regard to sin- write your reactions, responses, thoughts.
*This post is part of a series: Devotion Thoughts for Summer Days– a combination of faith based posts published between 2011-2013 revised with journaling prompts.
Thank you for joining me on the journey!