Socks and Sins

Posted: February 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

I have a confession to make. I ask for your deepest sensitivity and understanding in this matter. Brace yourself.

I hardly ever wear matched socks.

Actually, it doesn’t bother me anymore. In fact, what used to be a persistent endeavor to plumb the depths of the sock basket for a match has become a passive, apathetic attempt before giving in for “close enough.” My sister has lectured me on the issue, heralding the merits of following the long-embraced social convention that is matching pairs of socks. I just don’t see the big deal. If I’m wearing shoes and pants, and the two look close enough, what’s the problem? As the comedian Steven Wright says, “I do match my socks…they’re the same thickness.”

But the other day as I was indifferently scanning the basket for a couple of socks that look close enough, I began to think. Before long, I realized my sock habits are like my sin habits. My once diligent quest for sock order diminished over time through repeated compromises. The more I settled for “close enough,” the less I cared about the real deal. In the same way, repeated compromises with sin leads to sinful habits, and sinful habits rob me of the real deal of godly ambition and the pursuit of holiness. James 1:14-15 says, “But each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”

Integrity becomes inconsistency, ambition dissolves to apathy, and striving fades to settling.

Let’s match our socks and kill our sins.

“It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It’s a slow fade, it’s a slow fade”
-Casting Crowns, Slow Fade

“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” 1 Corinthians 10:12


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