Once again, a song and its’ lyrics speaks to me more than lots of sermons and readings…. amazing how music can do that.
The song is called “Slow Fade” by Casting Crowns. The video is on youtube as well, and just as moving. To summarize, the song is about the choices we make – big to small- and how they can all domino into something drastic if we aren’t careful. The choices mainly talked about in the song relate to sexual immoraltiy, however, how many other things does that relate to? Here are some of the words:
The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you’re thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking
It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day
I can think of many things that I have simply adjusted a bit to make them no longer black and white, but rather gray. It is much easier to sin when you aren’t sure if it is the wrong choice or not, rather than knowing it is the wrong choice. I think one of the most striking thoughts is simply that people never crumble in a day. It isn’t usually one major choice made…rather it is a slow series of smaller choices that lead to the crumbling. It is a slow fade.
As Christ-followers, how do we prevent this? We cannot, but our Savior can. He can change our will and He can change our desire, but only when we ask and trust and believe He will. In Phillipians 2:12-13 Paul states:
So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absense, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
No where is it said our lives as Christ-followers will be easy. No where is it said that temptation will not follow us, thrill us, or be attractive to us. However, we follow a God who knows us to our core, created us for His pleasure and without His sacrifice of His Son on the cross dying for our sins, we would be sentenced to an eternity in Hell separated from His indescribable love. And for me, to follow His ways is worth every moment in knowing He can see all, do all, know all, and loves me beyond my comprehension.