Sin: One Ring To Rule Them All
TNT has ran each of The Lord of the Rings movies each night tis weekend. I absolutely love those movies. What a mind God gave J. R. R. Tolkein who actually played a role in the conversion of C. S. Lewis. For those of us who are fans of the movies we all remember the scene where Frodo and Sam have finally made it to the chamber in Mount Doom. Frodo is standing on the edge with the ring held in his outstretched hand. Before we get into that let's look back through the story and wha all he has been through to get there. He is told this ring if not destroyed will mean certain doom for the peoples of Midde Earth. He sets out on a journey away from his home and the only place he has ever known. He is chased through the forrest by nazgul which are bascially demons on horseback. He is forced to trust a man he has never known of. He is stabbed by one of the nazgul and in the book suffers for over two weeks before he is finally healed by the elves. He sets of on a journey with 8 others to ake the ring into what is basically the depths of hell. On this journey they almost freeze trying to pass over the mountais and endure a three day jorney though a cave swarming with Goblins. Still he presses on having to leave his companions because of the temptation the ring has. He is forced to trust a creature who wants nothing ore than to possess the ring he carries. He is almost eaten by a giant spider, captures and excapes from orcs, crosses the barren plains while avoiding being detected by the eye. All this just to get to that point wherehe need only to let go and all that he set out to do is finished and complete. But he lingers and the temptation get to him. He rips the ring from the chain and puts it on his finger. The book is a little less climatic than the movie because after Smeagol bites off his finger Smeagol dances around loses his balence and falls in the volcano. Is tht not a spot on picture of what sin is. It is equally destructive, dangerous, and entangles easily. We are like Frodo who are at times so close to dropping our sin an we yank it back and delve back into it. Paul talks in Romans 7:14-25 about how he doesn't do what he wants to do and does that which he doesn't want to do.
Let go is so much simpler in word than in action. I pray we may all be able by the power of Christ to let go what needs to be let go.