Why Sin is Attractive

“The little kingdom is attractive for one primary reason: because self is always at the center. There is a way in which this magnetizes every sinner. Sin causes each of us to be scarily self-focused. The DNA of sin is selfishness. Sin is about wanting my way, in my own way, and in my time. So, the inertia of sin is always away from others and toward self. It is there at the tree in the garden, in the deceit of Jacob, in the larceny of Achan, in the disobedience of Saul, in the treason of Absalom, in the pride of Nebuchadnezzar, in the denial of Peter, and in the treachery of Judas. It is also there in the heart of a wordless infant who stiffens his little body in anger, and in the kindergartener who taunts his classmate with the fact that his lunch is better. It is there in the catty relationships of teenagers, when I am angry because you are in my way at the grocery store, or when you eat the bowl of cereal that I had designated for my breakfast. Sin makes us want our way— our own selfish way.” -Paul Tripp


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