Est. May 2008

09 February, 2013

Temptations

John Blake over at CNN Belief Blog refers to a recent Barna survey when he writes, ‘The top three sins seducing most Americans: procrastination, overeating and spending too much time on media.’  The survey itself concluded:
that the moral struggles that vex most Americans aren’t the salacious acts that drive the plotlines of reality television shows. Most Americans are too worn down or distracted to get snared by those vices[.]
Todd Hunter, pastor and author of a book which Barna consulted for the survey, has this to say regarding sin and temptation:
“There’s no agreement on what sin is,” Hunter said. “It’s one of the aspects of the world we live in. It’s becoming more relativistic. It’s hard to talk about sin when everyone disagrees about what it is.”
Look at Barna’s own info-graphic on the results of their survey. 


Each and every one of those temptations can be neatly fit under a single heading: self-indulgence.

And nobody in the world wants to admit to being self-indulgent; therefore, self-indulgence can’t possibly be a sin, because, well, it’s not, and I don’t want to talk about it.

Which is why nobody can agree on what it is - they don't want to.