Sin Grinder


I know this is kind of gross but it is my job. Yesterday “Muffie” broke down. That’s bad. Muffie is our grinder at work. By grinder I am not referring to a bench grinder. I am talking about a sewer grinder. What is a sewer grinder? I’m glad you asked, a sewer grinder is to gears that spin the opposite way from each other but are interwoven together so that whatever goes through it gets smashed into pulp so that it won’t clog up the main sewer line.

I work at a jail as an electrician and Muffie is very important. Every morning I drive by her and make sure she is doing all right. We don’t want her breaking down or we would really be in deep poop.
Anyway, we fixed her (she had an inmate uniform jammed in her teeth) and she is back to grinding away.

She got me to thinking though. Isn’t life like Muffie. I mean we are all stuck here, flowing through life. Then we hit a sin grinder. Something smashes into us and we are tempted to sin. That pretty young girl at the coffee shop comes on to us and even though we’re married we ask for her phone number and bada-bing bada-boom, we cheat. Our marriage and life goes through the sin grinder and all that’s left is a bunch of goo.

Or maybe it’s the temptation to steal from someone. You see something and think, I have to have it. I want it. I am taking it. Next thing you now, your on an episode of COPS with your face blurred out and BAM, the sin grinder has you.

Maybe it is an “innocent” sin.  You tell a white lie to cover some mistake you made and before long you are flinging lies like Spiderman flings webs.  Then you’re caught and the whole web of deceit comes crashing down on you.  The sin grinder!

In the Old Testament there was a good looking young man who was tempted to sleep with his bosses wife.  She came on to him every day.  It started innocently, she would brush his hand or maybe hold his gaze just a little to long.  Finally she got a little bold about it.   The Message Bible says this-

As time went on, his master’s wife became infatuated with Joseph and one day said, “Sleep with me.” Genesis 39:7

Then she got a little more crazy.  

On one of these days he came to the house to do his work and none of the household servants happened to be there. She grabbed him by his cloak, saying, “Sleep with me!”  Genesis 39:11

So what does Joseph do?  Does he go into a long diatribe about the evils of sinning sexually with someone?  Does he try to reason with her again?  Does he quote Bible verses at her or start praying for “strength to conquer”?

NOPE!  He does the smartest thing anyone in the middle of temptation can do.  He turns into Michael Johnson, the worlds fastest man.  

He left his coat in her hand and ran out of the house.   Genesis 39:12

I am not saying that running away is the answer to all your problems, but it sure works for temptation.  Just start channeling Forrest Gump and pretend Jenny is screaming- “Run Forrest, run!”  

Get out of the situation as quickly as you can.  Why stay in the middle of a temptation?  Do you really believe you are that strong that you can constantly be tempted and still hold out?  Maybe you are, but I suspect 99.99% of us would cave in and sin.

So, I say RUN!  Get away.  Remove either yourself or the temptation from the situation.  Hey, that kind of rhymed.

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