Hey all! How is September treating you all? Summer already feels like it was forever, and I’m anticipating the crisp weather of autumn and the cooler temperatures. Do you like anything about this time of the year? September isn’t bad, but October and the following months are generally more eventful.
I’m looking forward to more than just a change in season, and can’t wait to finish my classes (which is still a long way off, unfortunately). Plus, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be a first in our new house.
On a new note, recently I was thinking about topics to blog about and I thought back to something that had popped into my mind earlier. At the time, I shrugged it aside, but I think it would be good to delve into.
I have a lot of convictions as a Christian, and I think a lot of us do on a variety of subjects. There are lots of injustices and sins in the world as well as in our personal lives. We are surrounded by evil and constantly exposed to it. For many evils, we can come into contact with it through news media, entertainment, books, school, and work to name a few.
It isn’t possible to avoid all this, nor were we called to isolate ourselves from the rest of the world. We are not of this world, but we are in it and are called to serve the Lord despite it. However, we should also be alert about the dangers that we face.
A Fading Conviction
With the daily exposure to evil, the convictions we have against it can suffer. From personal experience, in the past I have become “used” to hearing about specific injustices and then the strong convictions I held against it feels like it has been watered down. What used to be a hatred for this evil is weakened or numbed.
Yes, the knowledge that it is wrong isn’t lost. The conviction lingers, but the passionate feelings have faded and a weaker opposition has replaced it. The desire to take action can diminish and you feel used to the evil—too used to it.
As a person who has experienced this before, I believe we need to be alert and on guard against the numbing effect constant exposure to evil can do. It can creep up on us over time, without our realization, and the passionate feelings we had are sapped of their vigor. A numbness grows in us, and a complacency overcomes us.
I mentioned self-evaluation in one of my previous articles, and I believe that this is important in many parts of our spiritual lives. To be alert, we need to ask ourselves whether we are becoming too “used” to this evil, to the point of becoming “okay” or not hating what is sinful. Likewise, we need help in self-examination. The Lord can point out what’s wrong when we are blind to our own sin/walk towards sin.
Exposure to sin is unavoidable, and isolation is not the answer. We are not of this world, but are called to serve the Lord while we are still on earth. However, becoming “numb” or “okay” with sin is a real danger that can sneak up on us and grow without our realization (1 Peter 5:8).
Scripture directs us to hate what is evil (Proverbs 8:13, Romans 12:9). “Hate” is a strong word and it doesn’t say to “dislike” or to “lightly disagree with”, but to hate what is sinful and wicked. So let us be alert, and let us examine ourselves and ask the Lord to examine us as well (Psalm 139: 23-24). Let’s start now and ask ourselves whether our convictions against what is evil still stand.
What’s your view? Do you agree? Do you think we should be alert about this? Is this a problem that you have/struggle with? Have you examined yourself for this? Would you say this is important? How often do you examine your heart and ask God to search you? As always, I’d love to hear about your perspectives and experiences! Just comment below.