Naked man stuck in chimney was playing “hide and seek”

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People getting stuck in chimneys doesn’t hit the news every day, but it seems to come up more often than it should. As a society, we need to have a serious conversation about this epidemic. Starting with questions such as “What did you expect to happen when you lowered yourself in there?” or “Have you ever heard of someone successfully making it to the fireplace other than Santa Claus?” or “Do you usually play hide and seek in the nude?” or “Assuming the worst, what were you hoping to steal from a local redemption center and what was your plan for a naked escape?”


Quick Thought: Romans 12:21

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21 ESV)

In this verse, we are told not to be acted upon (do not be overcome) by evil, but rather we are to act upon (overcome) evil by doing good.

This is an important aspect of the sanctification of believers. We are to actively weed out the evil that remains within us, confessing our sins as we go, rather than hope to drift toward holiness, which just doesn’t happen. Our faith is to be active, not passive. Passivity is the breeding ground for evil.

It has been this way since the beginning. The concept of actively working against your own sin was first recorded as God spoke to Cain, prior to the first murder.

The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:6-7 ESV)