More Than a Quick Fix
Late one sleepless night a couple of weeks ago I laid awake thinking about some situations I had recently dealt with (I was really just restless because I had no one to aggravate).
As I replayed some of the recent (and not so recent) scenarios over in my mind; a scene from the movie Liar Liar kept racing through my mind. In the scene a habitual criminal calls his lawyer from the booking station to get some “legal advice.” Much to the clients surprise the lawyer screams “stop breaking the law…..”
This is a situation that I am all to familiar with; I get a call after someone has committed an awful act of some kind: a teenage girl is afraid she might be pregnant; a teenage boy petrified that he might of contracted a venereal disease; a husband that thought he could keep the flirting from getting out of control; someone that thought they had their addiction licked, relapse in an unguarded moment of weakness; and the list continues (these are all real situations I’ve had to deal with).
The people in these situations all engaged in behavior that was illegal and/or detrimental to their well being with reckless abandonment until they got caught or had to deal with unwanted consequences. Then I get the 2:00 am phone calls; get to go to court, hospitals, and clinics; and the unending job of trying to clean up the mess they have made in their life.
The sad part to all of this is that most of the time they do not want real help; they just want a quick fix: “help me out of this and I’ll never do it again.” “I promise this is the last time.” “We did not mean too, it just happened.” “I never thought it would go that far.” They are only sorry that they got caught; there is no godly sorrow that leads to repentance. Most of the time there is no life style or behavioral change.
Many Christians get involved in sin and then when the consequences get to hard to handle they run to God for a quick fix. “Help me out of this and I’ll serve you for the rest of my life.” Fix this and I’ll give more.” It’s a shame that the only time that they want God near is when their in trouble.
It is sad how many people only quote the first part of James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” and then only when they are in trouble. They need to remember that the process starts in verse seven with “submitting to God” and “resisting the devil” and continues in verse eight with “drawing near to God,” “cleansing your hands,” and “purifying your heart.”
We need to draw near to God because of who He is and what He has done for us. We need to draw near to Him out of love, adoration, and devotion. Christians need to stop drawing near to Him because they think He is a cosmic handy man or maid, who exists only to clean up messes.