Food for Thought: The Tricks We Fall For
by Ardith Hoff
A young man in his thirties walked into an all-night convenience store in the middle of the night, pulled out a gun and demanded that the clerk put all of the money in the cash register into a bag. The clerk had been trained to obey anyone with a gun and did as he was told. Then the robber, who was a smoker, demanded that the clerk also put a carton of cigarettes in the bag. Once again, the clerk remembered his training and refused, saying that the man did not look 18-years-old. The robber was flattered by the clerk’s inability to judge his age and quickly whipped out his driver’s license to prove his age. The clerk looked over the license and put the cigarettes into the bag. Two hours later, the police arrested the robber at his home address, which the clerk had reported.
We can laugh at the stupidity of the robber, but how many times have we fallen for something that appealed to our ego or vanity. We are all susceptible to flattery and false promises that we think will make us feel or look good. We are easily tempted to do something that we think will bring us the kind of attention we crave. We fail to think things through before we engage in foolish behavior even when we should know better.
“You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness.” 2 Peter 3:17
The good news is that as Christians we can resist temptation by putting our trust in the Lord rather than our own judgment. “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 6:12-14
Vigilance and prayer can keep us on the right track. “For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.” Hebrews 2:18