Just a Little Sin Won’t Hurt!”
years ago when I was a pastor, I walked into my church office after a service to
find a sandwich bag on my desk containing three chocolate brownies. Some
thoughtful and anonymous saint who knew my love for chocolate had placed them
there, along with a piece of paper that had a short story written on it. I
immediately sat down and began eating the first brownie as I read the following
teenagers asked their father if they could go the theater to watch a movie that
all their friends had seen. After reading some reviews about the movie on the
internet, he denied their request.
Dad, why not?" they complained. "It's rated PG-13, and we're both
older than thirteen!"
Dad replied: "Because that movie contains nudity and portrays immorality, which is something that Yahweh hates, as being normal and acceptable behavior."
"But dad, those are just very small parts of the movie! That's what our friends who've seen it have told us. The movie is two hours long and those scenes are just a few minutes of the total film! It's based on a true story, and good triumphs over evil, and there are other redeeming themes like courage and self-sacrifice. Even the Christian movie review websites say that!"
answer is 'no,' and that is my final answer. You are welcome to stay home
tonight, invite some of your friends over, and watch one of the good videos we
have in our home collection. But you will not go and watch that film. End of
two teenagers walked dejectedly into the family room and slumped down on the
couch. As they sulked, they were surprised to hear the sounds of their father
preparing something in the kitchen. They soon recognized the wonderful aroma of
brownies baking in the oven, and one of the teenagers said to the other,
"Dad must be feeling guilty, and now he's going to try to make it up to us
with some fresh brownies. Maybe we can soften him with lots of praise when he
brings them out to us and persuade him to let us go to that movie after
that time, I began eating the second brownie from the sandwich bag and wondered
if there was some connection to the brownies I was eating and the brownies in
the story. I kept reading...
teens were not disappointed. Soon their father appeared with a plate of warm
brownies which he offered to his kids. They each took one.
their father said, "Before you eat, I want to tell you something: I love
you both so much. "The teenagers smiled at each other with knowing glances.
Dad was softening.
is why I've made these brownies with the very best ingredients. I've made them
from scratch. Most of the ingredients are even organic. The best organic flour.
The best free-range eggs. The best organic sugar. Premium vanilla and
chocolate." The brownies looked mouth-watering, and the teens began to
become a little impatient with their dad's long speech.
"But I want to be perfectly honest with you. There is one ingredient I added that is not usually found in brownies. I got that ingredient from our own back yard. But you needn't worry, because I only added the tiniest bit of that ingredient to your brownies. The amount of the portion is practically insignificant. So go ahead, take a bite, and let me know what you think."
would you mind telling us what that mystery ingredient is before we eat?"
"Why? The portion I added was so small. Just a teaspoonful. You won't even
taste it." "Come on, Dad, just tell us what that ingredient is."
"Don't worry! It is organic, just like the other ingredients."
OK, if you insist. That secret ingredient is organic...dog poop." I
immediately stopped chewing that second brownie, and I spit it out into the
waste basket by my desk. I continued reading, now fearful of the paragraphs that
teens instantly dropped their brownies back on the plate and began inspecting
their fingers with horror. "DAD! Why did you do that? You've tortured us by
making us smell those brownies baking for the last half hour, and now you tell
us that you added dog poop! We can't eat these brownies!"
not? The amount of dog poop is very small compared to the rest of the
ingredients. It won't hurt you. It's been cooked right along with the other
ingredients. You won't even taste it. It has the same consistency as the
brownies. Go ahead and eat!" "No, Dad...NEVER!"
that is the same reason I won't allow you to go watch that movie. You won't
tolerate a little dog poop in your brownies, so why should you tolerate a little
immorality in your movies? We pray that Yahweh will not lead us unto
temptation, so how can we, in good conscience, entertain ourselves with
something that will imprint a sinful image in our minds that will lead us into
temptation long after we first see it?
discarded what remained of the second brownie, as well as the entire untouched
third brownie. What had been irresistible a minute ago had become detestable.
And only because of the very slim chance that what I was eating was slightly
polluted. (Surely it wasn't...but I couldn't convince myself.)
a good lesson about purity! Why do we tolerate any sin? On the day of the
Passover, the Israelites were commanded to remove every bit of leaven from their
homes. Sin is like leaven--a little bit leavens the whole lump.