“Satan made me do it,” and no one recognized it. Is it just me, or does this seem to be an accurate adage for how the Christian faith often functions today? As much as we may mention evil, and its ramifications upon our lives, how often are we really combatting it? Resisting temptations is one manifestation of opposing the dark powers that may be, but it is only one among many.
The evil things that creep into our lives and
communities are often the kind that we don’t recognize—“a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
Most people can recognize a temptation when they see it, but there are also
many subtle, evil things that slowly dwindle away at our dedication to
following God’s will. These subtle, evil
things manifest themselves in simple ways, like “reason” overpowering faith,
and demonic possession being excused as merely mental illness.