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Why I Think Sin is Like a Vampire

November 16, 2012

This weekend sees the release of the new Twilight Movie; Breaking Dawn part 2, and as such I thought today would be the perfect opportunity to post a blog that I have been thinking about for a while (you know me; Mr topical!!)

Our generation seems to have been massively influenced by vampires – I don’t get it to be honest, I’ve not got anything against vampires, I’m sure they’re wonderful people, but I think we’ve gone a teensy bit overboard with them. They’re in the movies, they’re on my television, they’re in novels, I even think I saw one in my corner shop the other day – although it was Halloween so perhaps it was just someone in costume.

Anyway I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how similar a vampire is to sin. A slightly strange observation to make perhaps, but then I am slightly strange at times.

So here goes; 5 reasons why I think sin is like a vampire:

1. Vampires have to be welcomed in

According to the myth a vampire cannot come into your home, and as such your life, until you first welcome him (or her) in.

At the point at which you welcome the vampire into your life, their identity may be hidden to some regard. Perhaps you have even been charmed by the tall, dark and handsome stranger without realising just how dark this stranger is. Either way you have no idea of the monster that you are welcoming into your home.

I’m sure there are exceptions to this, but most of the time when sin exists in our lives, it does so because we first embraced it. Perhaps we were totally unaware of the havoc that the sin was destined to cause, maybe we were naive and oblivious to the path we had started to tread, and blinded to the fact that we were beginning to walk towards disaster and ruin, often with a smile on our face.

Take for example the innocent married employee who enjoys a friendly conversation with a fellow colleague. So charmed is he with the prospect of time spent with this individual that he continues down a road that will only cause him harm. He welcomes the flattery and attention that he is given. Soon enough one thing leads to another and sin starts to wreck his once glorious marriage. Sadly it often doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a step by step process. The sin is welcomed into the home, the monster is embraced… the destination decided.

2. Vampires suck your blood

Probably the most famous fact about a vampire is that they survive by sucking on human blood.

Most well known stories about vampires involve a vampire wooing and luring their victim, causing them to feel safe and secure whilst really bringing them to a place of extreme vulnerability. It’s at that moment that the vampire plunges his fangs deep into the neck of his now helpless victim and sucks the life out of them.

By the time the victim has any idea what’s going on, it’s too late.

Often, so the story goes, the vampire won’t suck all life out of their victims, they will just about keep them alive so as to destroy them entirely by returning and devastating them again. The one thing worse then death, I suppose is ongoing death.

Sin has this very same characteristic. Like a leech it attaches itself to you, feasting on your blood, draining the life from you, leaving you weak and helpless and without the ability to escape or to fight back.

We love to think that we are in control, but the truth of the matter is if you cannot master your sin, then your sin is mastering you. The likelihood is that you think that when you engage in sin you’re the one making the decisions, but is it possible you’re no longer in charge? Is your life being sucked out by your sin? by your addictions? have you noticed the disaster that it leaves behind?

3. Vampires have no reflection

We’re often told that vampires have no reflection, they cannot be seen in a mirror.

How similar this is to sin. Often when you look in the mirror you cannot see the sin looming over your shoulder. When you meet with your friends and family they too are oblivious to the severe deterioration of life that is going on behind closed doors. They cannot always see the devastation that is taking place. Even if they were to ask after you, how often are we truly honest about our predicaments?

Somehow sin has a way of remaining hidden, it blends into the background and has no reflection. Sometimes, just like a vampire, the only way you know you’re a victim is by noticing the wounds that are left behind.

4. Vampires cannot survive when exposed to the light

Everyone knows that vampires are nocturnal, their survival is at significant risk when exposed to the light of the sun.

How interestingly similar the vulnerability of a vampire is to the vulnerability of sin in our lives. If I have learned one profound fact about sin is that it thrives in the dark, it flourishes in the shadows.

“There are those who rebel against the light, who are not acquainted with its ways,and do not stay in its paths.

Job 24 vs 13

“For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.”

John 3 v 20

Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Ephesians 5 v 7:11

“…God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practise the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”

1 John 1 v 5:7

The glory of the gospel is such that, as a result of trusting in Christ’s life, death and resurrection we are now considered children of God. This is what we call good news. However that doesn’t mean that sin will no longer do it’s best to destroy us. The final victory has been won and as such sin will never have the last word, but we would be foolish if we thought that that meant we were immune from tasting to some degree the devastation that sin can cause.

I am increasingly convinced that in terms of dealing with sin in our lives, one of the most effective weapons is exposure. This can happen in 1 of 2 ways. We can actively expose sin as we partner with the Holy Spirit as He sanctifies us. Or, as I’ve seen once in a while, for our own good, God will actively expose it for us, often the latter is more painful.

If you have started to notice the wounds of sin, if you have started to experience the devastation that is caused as a result of sin sucking the life out of you, then perhaps it’s worth considering exposing that vampire to the light. Try being more accountable with some God-hungry friends that you trust.

5. The only way to kill a vampire is with a stake through the heart

There are a few ways to kill a vampire, but perhaps the most definite, so we are told, is to drive a stake through the heart.

This similarity is simple and straight forward. Vampires have a talent for survival, there are lots of ways to allegedly destroy a vampire, but according to the myth the one way we can be certain of its demise is a stake through the heart.

The same is true of sin. The sin that exists in my life and in your life has a talent for survival. The only way we can be confident of its definite demise is to deal with it ruthlessly – and that means driving a stake through the heart.

That will mean something different to all of us – but the issue is the same, we need to be ruthless and deal a definite death blow.

Jesus Christ is the better Buffy

Please understand that I am not trying to belittle the work of the cross, it’s impact is obviously far more significant and far more substantial than anything I could ever communicate and I am very aware that this particular post, whilst being serious does have a slightly silly undertone to it. But that being said, it seemed fitting to finish by pointing out that Jesus Christ is the ultimate vampire slayer.

The scriptures show us that Jesus Christ dealt the ultimate death blow to the enemy. Satan is now trampled underfoot! Even death has been undone as a result.

Although rather than Christ charging down the devil and driving a stake into his heart, Jesus did the opposite.

2,000 years ago, Jesus humbled Himself to death on a cross. Rather than driving a stake into someone else’s heart, He allowed the very men He created to drive nails into His hands and feet. As Graham Kendrick once wrote:

“Hands that flung stars into space, to cruel nails surrendered.”

2,000 years ago as Jesus Christ died on the cross, and as His blood was shed, those who were once cut off from Father God, those who had no hope of reaching God, now had hope, a way had now been made.

Those who were and are guilty are now pardoned. The shed blood of Christ has paid our punishment, the shed blood of Christ has now brought us life.

His blood is life to us!

When you look at it that way – maybe we’re the ones who are vampires!?

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