We had skunks in our backyard last night rooting for grubs.  I have also seen them wandering the town when I go on my evening walks.  They are one brazen creature.  They will walk through yards with people there as though they own it.  They appear harmless and seem to fear little, but if they get upset and spray, the encounter will be very memorable.  Because of this, if I ever meet them on my walk, I am very careful to cross the street and continue walking with one eye carefully fixed on the skunk.

    Sin too can seem harmless but its effects can also be disastrous.  That is why 1 Thessalonians warns us to “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (KJV)  The farther away from sin we travel, the less likely we are to be caught by it unawares.  Skunks and sin can both appear harmless at first glance, but both can have terrible consequences if we get too close.  I would never consider trying to get friendly with a skunk.  Why would I ever think I could get friendly with sin?

Published by Ray Richards