Charmed, I'm Sure

by Stan Mitchell
The words to an old song struck me anew the other day, one phrase in particular. Palmer Hartsough writes:
“I am resolved no longer to linger,
Charmed by the world’s delight.”
I think that’s it in a word. Christians are “charmed” by the world. Cheap and temporary, the pleasures of this life nonetheless wrap themselves in tinsel and glitter, and the effect charms us. We are hypnotized by sinful lifestyles as depicted on television. We are lured by the suddenly new urge to purchase more things. Advertising stirs to life our deep desires for one more toy, one more trinket that will bring us fulfillment.
And the only thing that will keep us from succumbing is resolve. Good, old-fashioned determination not to be taken in. Like the cobra that charms, then strikes at the field mouse, we have to employ an act of will to resist. If we don’t, we will be snake bit.
“Do not love the world, or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the father is not in him” (1 John 2:15).

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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