PASTOR'S PEN: That was dumb

Only a half yard was the difference between ultimate victory and disappointing defeat. The Seahawks lined up and a call was made that will run over and over again in the minds of those who were there that day. Russell Wilson, despite having one of the best running teams in the NFL during the regular season, stepped back and attempted to pass the ball to Ricardo Lockette, a pass that would never reach his hands. It was quickly intercepted by the now famous Malcolm Butler. The Seahawks head coach, Pete Carroll, tried to explain why they made such a call, but I don’t doubt that he’s still thinking, “That was dumb. I wish we hadn’t done that.”

I’m sure there was much more involved in making that call and if it had worked the Seahawks coach would be praised for making such a sneaky move when he would have fully been expected to run the ball. But that’s not what happened and everyone is looking back with new 20-20 vision saying, “Why didn’t they run the ball?”

We can all look back on past decisions and say, “That was dumb.” We may wish we could go back and change them, but we cannot. We can either sulk about it and get stuck, keep doing the same dumb thing over and over or learn from it and move forward making wiser decisions in the future. One of the dumbest decisions a Christ-follower can make is to sin against God Himself. Someone who truly believes the Jesus is God, that He took all their sins upon Himself dying for them and then rose again showing Himself even more powerful than death should always do whatever He wants (John 3:16-21). Christ said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). If one truly believes that Christ is who He says He is and that God is the all-powerful Creator who gives life and takes it away, who wouldn’t obey Him? If one chose not to obey out of a sense of indebtedness due to His great sacrifice or out of love for Him then surely one would obey out of fear of what God could do at any moment!

It’s undeniably dumb to disobey God, yet we sin every day. We constantly betray Him. 1 John 1 says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). We all have sinned and that separates us from God and His love and puts us directly in the path of His judgment and wrath. Yet we don’t need to be there. 1 John also says this, “My dear children, I write this so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father — Jesus Christ, the Righteous One (1 John 2:1)."  If you know Christ as Savior then He is your advocate. That means He will publicly stand before the Father and tell Him that your sins are paid for. You are no longer under judgment. What a freedom!

Have you made dumb decisions against God? Take them to Christ, learn from them … then “go and sin no more (John 8:11)."