The Bad Example (Hebrews 4:11)

Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. (Hebrews 4:11)

In recent days, a prominent member of Congress has been thoroughly embarrassed at the revelation that he sent photos of his nether regions to girls half his age via the marvels of Twitter. While I’m not all that shocked at the foolishness of this representative, I am staggered by the lengths to which his political cohorts will go to vindicate his actions.

The guy’s friends started by denying that the piece of anatomy in question didn’t belong to the representative in question. They insisted on this so vigorously that they looked really foolish when the guy admitted his poor taste. Some of these adherents have suggested that Americans need to get over their obsession with sex. “It’s no big deal,” these folks argue. “We need to be more like the enlightened French/Dutch/or some other locale.” Others argued that since he hadn’t preached moral values, he didn’t deserve to be held to those values. I suppose that means that if I don’t insist on payment of taxes, I can’t be prosecuted for evasion. Right!

The problem with all of this nonsense is that it leads people in directions they’re far better off never traveling. Humans are clever. We can think up all manner of reasons why sin isn’t really sin and the path of evil is really the best one for us.

Our choice is so simple. We can relax and enter into God’s rest or we can work very hard to make it seem as if wallowing in the cesspool of immorality is really a terrific idea. Why do we so often choose the latter?