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Sin is Crouching at Our Door

“If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it” (Genesis 4:7).

About eight years after I was born, my father met a stranger who was new to our small Texas town. From the beginning, he was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on. As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche.

My parents were complementary instructors–my mother taught me good from evil, and my father taught me to obey. But the stranger–he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies.

If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to the first major league ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but my father didn’t seem to mind.

Sometimes, my mother would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave).

Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity, for example was not allowed in our home–Not from us our friends or any visitors. Our longtime visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my father squirm and my mother blush.

My father didn’t permit the use of alcohol. But the stranger encouraged us to try it on regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished.

He talked much too freely about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing. I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, but he was seldom rebuked–and never asked to leave.

More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. If you could walk into my parents’ living room today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch all the pictures he’ll bring to you.

What’s his name you ask? We’ve called him “Television.” He also has acquired a wife now–she’s called “Computer.” How do we get rid of these ungodly strangers? Unplug them from the electrical wall socket–then go open, study and meditate on God’s word! — Unknown

My Thoughts

Televisions and computers are not ungodly strangers but are devices that our minds take to places satisfying our desires rather good or bad, righteous or unrighteous.

The door Satan seeks to open, and to control is our mind. Are we protecting it with the word of God like we protect earthly possessions with high tech alarm systems featuring cameras, videos, alarm triggers, deadbolts, passwords, etc.?

We must secure our mind with the word of God by studying to show ourselves approved and not allow anything, or anyone, to prevent us from meditating on God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15).

If we are hindered by devices, it is time to unplug them. What are your thoughts?


Versatile Christian Blogger, wife of Minister Woods, mother of 3, grandmother of 3.

14 thoughts on “Sin is Crouching at Our Door

  1. I agree with you 100 percent….we got rid of our cable a long time ago and we don’t miss it one bit. I deleted my facebook, twitter, instagram, etc about five years ago and don’t miss the gossip or garbage. The only social media program I have is this one. I limit my time on the computer as much as I can to just my Hebrew studies and my email. If people were to give up just have of the garbage they occupy their time with then some changes would be possible. GOD BLESS

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    1. Thank you for your comment. Garbage in garbage out. I deleted Twitter, Pinterest, Reddick and Instagram because of the garbage that somehow came across my feed. New to those sites and settings on private but evil found its way and had to be deleted. I have two websites WordPress which is wonderful and Facebook without following anyone but to share my husband’s sermons.

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  2. Wow this was a very well written post. We don’t have a TV for that reason; not that we are legalistic but becuase we know our weakness. Convicting and good post. Heart searching

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    1. Thank you for commenting. I like what you said, “We know our weaknesses.” Knowing our weaknesses is a major key to help easily flee devices and people that Satan use to entice us. Have a wonderful day/night and remain safe.

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      1. So true: “ Knowing our weaknesses is a major key to help easily flee devices and people that Satan use to entice us.”


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