I remember reading an article several years ago about the dilemma faced by many people living in Arizona and other arid states. Over the years, several thousand people suffering from severe allergies had moved to these areas in an effort to escape high pollen producing plants. However, the migrants found themselves missing the green grass and flowers which they had left behind, so they began importing and transplanting the more hearty varieties of grasses, flowers, and other vegetation. At first, this action did not have a significant affect on the air quality, but as more and more plants were imported and established, the pollen count began to rise. The migrants through their own actions had imported that which they were trying to escape.
Rural America is experiencing an influx of citizens who are leaving the fast paced rat race of city life. These migrants move to the country hoping to escape many types of influences, lifestyles, criminal activities, and social norms. However, after living in their new surroundings for a time, many find the slow paced, uneventful, conservatively moral lifestyle to be somewhat boring and unexciting. They don’t want to go back to the city, but they want to bring at least a portion of the excitement which they left behind into their new surroundings. So they start and promote movements to repeal 100 year old laws which prohibit some of the activities which they found exciting in their old community; not realizing that these activities form the root of many of the undesirable social characteristics they were trying to leave behind. The migrants through their own actions import that which they are trying to escape.
Spiritually, lost, miserable souls turn to Jesus in order to escape the devastation of sin-filled lifestyles. They seek salvation through forgiveness, and vow through repentance to live a new lifestyle. At first, the newborn christian often finds his citizenship in Christ’s church to be a wonderful, exhilarating experience. However, as time goes on, the new disciple begins to miss some of the excitement which he enjoyed in his old lifestyle. So he begins to look for ways to justify his becoming involved once again in just a few of his old vices. He begins to search for biblical or ecumenical loopholes, examples, or statements which will excuse his giving in to his desires. He doesn’t want to leave the fellowship of Christ and His church. He doesn’t want to go back to where he was before. He just wants to bring a part of his old ways into the body of Christ with him. And as a result, he eventually finds himself having to deal with the same miserable sin-filled lifestyle which he sought to escape. The spiritual migrant through his own actions has entangled himself once again in that which he was trying to escape.
“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.” (Colossians 3:5-10)
“For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.” (2 Peter 2:20-22)
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