(this is part of a continuing series of meditative thoughts from the Book of Deuteronomy, chapters 4-10)
I really enjoy action tv shows and movies. One thing that often occurs in them is some government official becomes corrupt through the powerful influence of a powerful crime organization.
Let’s think about this scenario for a minute. Some relatively nice person gives in to pressures from someone else and becomes corrupt. They are choosing to submit to desires of someone else.
Often in these movies, there comes a moment of decision. Will this person willingly continue to be a passive, non-resisting follower of someone else’s plans, or will they take a stand for integrity, regardless of the consequences and refuse to give in any longer to corruption.
Sound familiar? Look at the story of the Israelites. They are rescued by the powerful signs and wonders from Almighty God on their behalf. They are then given clear teaching on how they are to live. They are also warned of the dangers they would experience and the consequences if they were not faithful.
Despite all of this, in a relatively short amount of time, they became corrupt to tempting and destructive pressures. Deut. 9:12 (nasb) says, “Then the Lord told me, “go down from here at once, because your people whom you brought out of Egypt have become corrupt. They have turned aside quickly from what I commanded them and have made an idol for themselves”. (Ref. Deut. 4:15-16).
Let’s make this now personal. If someone were to look at a movie of your life, what kind of person would they see? Would they see an unfortunate situation where a person (who has such potential and resourced so incredibly by Almighty God giving in to the corrupting pressures of sin and the Devil?
Or would they cheer for you as a warrior, someone willing to take a stand for truth and behaving in a God-honoring kind of way?
Corruption is a bad thing. Its an unfortunate thing because something good, or pure becomes tainted and compromised. It becomes something that it was not intended to be.
Christian, be all you can be. You will face tough times. You will face tempting situations. During those challenging moments, rely on God to provide the help you need to endure. Depend on Him to keep you uncorrupted, reflecting His goodness and glory! Christian, be a real action hero and avoid being corrupted!