We’re all addicts. We’re all addicted to sin.
I get frustrated when people of low moral character mock or berate those of high standards when they make a mistake and succumb to temptation. To me, it’s like an alcoholic mocking someone who has fallen off the wagon, except, in this case, the accusing alcoholic doesn’t even know they also have a problem.
We live in a world full of appealing temptations. We are inundated with a non-stop barrage of sinful choices and, for many of us, we have spent a portion of our life indulging in sin, unaware that we have a problem. Then, one day, we realize where God is calling us to be and where we currently are and the massive chasm that separates those two places.
So, we take our first step toward spiritual sobriety. We try and stop taking swigs of sin. We try to avoid those places, either in real life, online, or in our mind, where we used to frequently engage in sinful behavior. We make some headway at first, but the urge, the longing to sin calls us.
Satan is relentless. Our sins give him a road map to our temptation. We have highlighted for him where we are weak and Satan sends all of his forces to lure us, bait us to indulge just one more time.
Most of the time we fight the urge. But, every once and a while, we stumble, we fall, we do not avoid temptation, and we order a cold mug of sin.
Thankfully, God’s mercy is eternal and, as we stumble home from our sinful acts, he is waiting for us, not to condemn, but to remind us of where we should be and he gives us forgiveness to purify us and put us back on the right track.
There will never be a day in our lives where we will not be tempted to sin. Where we are not pushed or pulled by evil forces to separate ourselves from God. More often than not, we will win that battle. But, when we succumb, do not lose faith. Do not lose hope.
After all, the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Trying to avoid sin, going to church, seeking out confession… those are parts of the spiritual “12 Step Program.”
When you fail, and you will, ignore the sin addicts around you pointing out your mistakes. Instead, pray for them. After all, they are lost and separated from God and don’t even know it.
They are addicts who don’t even know they have a problem.