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Spiritual Anesthesia  

“How bad is it?” I asked the doctor.

"Well, if we don't intervene, you'll experience some permanent vision loss in your one eye."

The conversation was enough to get me to submit to a series of procedures in which the doctor injects medication into the leaky blood vessels. Translation: he pokes a needle in your eye.

Put yourself in my shoes, sitting in the reclining chair. The doctor’s assistant walks in and drizzles some drops into your eyes. Feel the sting? Now, sit there and wait for twenty minutes while you feel your pulse quicken.

Next, it's time for some more drops—more sting. But these are intended to numb the area—when the needle is poked in. You get another round of those stinging drops in a few minutes.

Feel how swollen your entire socket feels? Finally, the doctor walks in wearing a headlamp contraption suitable for a sci-fi movie. Leaning over, he asks you to look up, and before you know it, he jabs your eye with the needle.

Truthfully, the injection takes less than five seconds, so you honestly don't feel too much. (Okay, maybe a little ache). Why? Anesthesia—the great numbing effect. Anesthesia has extraordinary potential—for good or for evil.

While the injections I get from the doctor are intended for my good, you and I have a strange way of injecting ourselves—with sin. But if we know the result of sin is painful, why—and how—do we do this? In a word, anesthesia:

  • The anesthesia of minimizing sin’s deadly outcome.
  • The anesthesia of exaggerating sin’s pleasure.
  • The anesthesia of taking the short view of life.

Lord, deliver us from the misuse of anesthesia, lest we indulge ourselves in sin.

 

“For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

-1 Corinthians. 15:56,57

 

 

 

 

 

 

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