Yesterday, I asked “How Do You View Sin?” When we have a view of sin we find ourselves in an interesting situation. We know what we should do, but we still have flesh that wants to sin.
Over the past couple of days I have watched “The Lord of the Rings” with some group home clients. In the movie there is an interesting character named Gollum. He is consumed with “the ring”. He killed for it and then hid from his accusers. In his solitude he began to change. He went from a normal looking hobbit to a green, ugly thing that walks on all four limbs. He ends up losing the ring and wants it back. After meeting the two hobbits entrusted to destroy the ring Gollum, previously known as Smeagol, has an interesting “battle” with himself. Here is the clip:
By the end of his conversation Smeagol/Gollum believes that he has conquered his gross desire for the ring. Of course, this joy is short-lived as he ends up betraying the hobbits so that he may have the ring. This betrayal lead Gollum to his death.
Battling sin is never easy. It is a constant struggle between the Spirit that lives in us and our flesh that wraps around us. Just like Gollum relying on “master” (Froto) to care for him we need to rely on the Master to take care of us. OK, I know that was cheesy but it is true. Where Gollum went wrong was thinking that his desires would just magically disappear. We cannot afford to be as foolish! Just because we place our trust in Christ doesn’t mean that sin leaves us alone. We must declare war on and battle against sin. Romans 8: 13 says:
For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. -ESV
John Piper has a great comment on this passage when he says:
Realize you’re sinful. Recognize the sin in your life. Battle sin everyday.
For some practical ways of battling sin check out my article entitled “Make War!”
Posted on December 19, 2011, in Christianity, Life, Theology and tagged Christianity, Faith, Gollum, John Piper, life, Lord of the Rings, reformed theology, Sin, theology. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.