No is good, approbation is even better. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with the Point.
If you’ve ever doubted that impiety is crouching at the doorway prepared to control us, just demeanour at the scandals out of Washington and Hollywood.
Scripture tells us we are to master sin. The big ones and the little ones. But how do we do it?
First, we must commend enticement when it comes. Pray for what the Church fathers called “awareness”—and not just of the devout risk around you, but also recognition of God’s presence.
Then, well, just contend no. Ready to salute the man who just cut you off on the highway? Tell yourself, no! Reaching for that second doughnut or potion of booze if those are your kryptonite . . . contend no.
And then, contend “Yes.” What we meant is God’s “Yes.” When the fellah in the Porsche cuts you off, urge for him. Struggling with fervour or lust of any kind? Thank God for His creation, and the good supplies you already enjoy.
And finally, don’t forget that elementary but absolute request to the retreat and strength: “Jesus, help me!”