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Sin is a vampire!
I don’t get it to be honest, 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 think I even saw one in my corner shop the other day – although it’s Halloween at the moment, so perhaps it was just someone in costume.
Anyway it’s got me thinking 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
A vampire cannot come into your home, until you first welcome them in. At the point at which you welcome the vampire into your life, their identity may be hidden. Perhaps you have even been charmed by the tall, dark and handsome stranger without realising just how dark this stranger is.
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, blinded to the fact that we were beginning to walk towards disaster and ruin… with a smile on our face.
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 luring their victim to a place of extreme vulnerability and then at their most vulnerable the vampire plunges his fangs deep into the neck of his helpless victim and sucks the life out of them.
Often, the vampire won’t suck all the life out of their victims, they will 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? Have you noticed the disaster that it leaves behind?
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. Your friends and family are also often oblivious to the severe devastation taking place behind closed doors.
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
The survival of a vampire is at significant risk when exposed to the light of the sun. If I have learned one profound fact about sin, it is that it flourishes in the shadows; just like vampires, sin becomes very vulnerable in the light.
“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
“…God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practise the truth. 7 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
Even though the final victory over sin has been won it would be stupid to think that that means we are 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 exposes it for us, often the latter is more painful.
If you have started to notice the wounds of sin, 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
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 deal a definite death blow.
Jesus Christ is better than Buffy
It seems fitting to finish by pointing out that Jesus Christ is the ultimate vampire slayer.
By shedding His blood Jesus Christ dealt the ultimate death blow to the enemy. Satan has been properly beaten! Even death has been undone as a result.
Although the way He did this was really interesting; 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, all of us who are guilty of doing wrong things, were given hope again. Hope that the vampire of sin could be beaten.
The blood of Jesus brings us life! When you look at it that way – maybe we’re the ones who are vampires!?