Pastor's Pen: Throwing the flag

Last week’s Lion’s game will be remembered for a long time to come.  It won’t be because they had a hard fought game and came close to winning against one of the current number one teams in the league.  No, it will be because the coach threw the challenge flag on a scoring play giving the Texans a touchdown that would have certainly been revoked.

Whether you agree with the rule or not, the fact is that a team cannot challenge a scoring play and, if they do, the play cannot be reviewed.  I must commend Coach Schwartz for not casting blame on the rule or the refs.  Instead he said, “It’s on me…I knew the rule…but I was so mad that I overreacted.”  Coach Schwartz knew he couldn’t throw that flag, but his anger got the best of him and he blew a now infamous play.

Isn’t that the same way we act?  God has set down rules for life, yet we get so caught up in our own agenda that we disregard them and do what we know is wrong.  James 1:14 says it this way, “but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.”

The result of this is sin and death, but did you see where it started; our “own evil desire.”  We know we are to forgive, but our desire to hold it over their heads (pride) leads us to hang onto that anger.  We know we are to tell the truth, but our desire to get ahead (greed) leads us to lie.  We know we are to hold the marriage bed sacred even before marriage, but our desire to satisfy our lusts our own way (lust) cancels out God’s command.  We know we are to go to that person who has a problem with us, but our desire to be certain our side of the story is told (pride) leads to gossip.

We all have evil desires within us.  We are born with a sinful nature.  We are all guilty.  However, if we keep our minds set on Christ and His Word and keep up our guard then those evil desires will fade and the desires of God will be our passion.  What evil desires are your struggle?  What does God desire for you instead?