Are We Attracted to Evil?

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Are We Attracted to Evil?

What are you attracted to? We’re hypnotized by things that distract us from God. We’re mesmerized by shiny objects that distract us from growing in our faith, distract us from prayer, distract us from Bible reading, and ultimately, keep us from victorious living.

I was in Pittsburgh a month ago or so visiting my mom for her 95th birthday. I decided to go get some exercise, so I took my iPhone and went to a local gym my brother told me about. It was an amazing facility: tons of machines, some of which I had never seen at my gym back in California.

There was an Olympic-size swimming pool, saunas, and even television sets embedded in the mirrors in the bathroom. There were workout machines and free weights on two levels. I jumped on a treadmill, plugged in my headphones, and tapped on an application called Bible.is, an audio Bible that reads the Scripture to you.

I’m listening to the Word, jogging, and I look up and see TVs all over the place. The news was on one screen, Lindsay Lohan’s issues on another, some movie star’s pregnancy on another screen, The Bachelorette on another, wrestling on another, and the playoffs were on a few screens. I even found myself distracted by the size and scope of gym itself, and people-watching the other folks working out.

Then, my mind went back to the iPhone, and while my eyes were running all over the gym, faster than my feet, this is what was playing in my ear:

“You used to live just like the rest of the world, full of sin, obeying Satan, the mighty Prince of the power of the air. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way following the passions and desires of our evil nature. We were born with an evil nature, and we were under God’s anger, just like everybody else, but God is so rich in mercy and he loved us so very much, that even while we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved.” –Ephesians 2.

Wow, what good timing! In my moment of distraction, I was reminded to embrace the gift of grace and not live like the rest of the world. But what about after I left the gym?

We’re incredibly naïve to assume that bad influences and dangerous attractions won’t affect us and our relationship with Christ. It’s insensible and ignorant to say, “I can handle it.” Obviously, not all media is contaminated, but the presence of ungodly, sexual, immoral themes in media is growing rapidly, and a recent Gallup poll indicated Americans are more accepting of these messages today than ever before. Media is devaluing the family unit and accepting sinful behavior as normal. Are we being slowly poisoned?

The media subliminally tells us what’s right and wrong, but we must let the Bible, the Word of God, tell us what’s right and wrong. Here’s what the Word of God says. “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes…” Psalm 101:3. “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things…” Psalm 119:37. “I have made a covenant with my eyes…” Job 31:1.

We have to be careful. Satan slowly lulls people away with so-called entertainment that plays upon our fleshly instincts, and we must ask God for strength to resist and focus on him instead.

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” Psalm 1:1. The media is an attraction that can be a dangerous distraction – but it’s just one of many. When we feel ourselves being attracted to something that does not glorify God, we have to strong enough to walk away or turn it off.

How do you fight dangerous attractions and distractions that keep you from God?

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About The Author
Fred Gladney
Fred Gladney
Hello friends, I'm Fred Gladney. After years in the tech world, I now own Trinity Consulting, a sales and management consulting firm specializing in the assessment and optimization of sales organizational structures. I have a B.S. in Math from California University of Pennsylvania and has participated in management development programs at Harvard and Princeton Universities through IBM. In addition to serving on the board at Trochia Ministries, I'm on the board of Far East Broadcasting Company, a non-denominational international Christian radio network. I'm active in my church as an Associate Elder, Bible teacher and lay leader. I live in Southern California with my beautiful family and enjoy podcasting for Trochia in my free time.
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  • Bettie Stanley
    September 25, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Be strong

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  • Ruth Carstensen
    September 25, 2013 at 7:59 am

    We are fed mega doses. The antidote the word of God.

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  • Scott Davis
    September 25, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Amen

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  • Janet Kidd
    September 25, 2013 at 9:58 am

    whatever we fill our minds with will divert us from God’s purposes unless we are filling them with the Word of God and letting him transform us by the renewing of our mind. If we continue to give space to wordly attractions, we will be tempted to conform to that world and try to live with compromise and deceit. This weakens us both as individuals and in our witness to a world that needs to taste the salt and see the light very, very badly!

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  • Naomi Anderson-Johnson
    September 25, 2013 at 10:19 am

    yes

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  • Carolyn Keaney
    September 25, 2013 at 10:52 am

    When things started to happen in our country and I watched all the criminal things Obama did. I was scared. It seemed to me the world was going in a horrible, horrific direction. I thought, we HAVE to stop this. It all started to seem evil to me. That was the worst part. So I started praying harder to God. I wanted to let Him know I was on His side. And not the other. While I still don’t see any changes, I’ve come to realize that maybe God put this fight here for us to figure out. I know He’s always with me. So I’m not going to worry as much, and I’ll still help with the fight. God has a plan for everything He does. I don’t see it right now, but someday I will.

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  • Caroline Mellon
    September 25, 2013 at 11:44 am

    we are and have been for a very, very long time!!

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  • Patricia Greenlee
    September 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I’m attracted to God and his word

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  • September 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Fred, you nailed it! There are so many distractions to keep us occupied with usually meaningless things. Unless we are intentional about saturating our lives with the Word of God, and are actively engaged in His calling for our lives, we will get sucked into the distractions of the world and miss the most important things that will matter for eternity.

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  • Joyce Jones
    September 25, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    It’s not what man says and practice but what the Word says we ought to do…Seek first the Kingdom of G-d, and you can’t go awry!

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  • Michael Harden
    September 25, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    no

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  • Elizabeth Brown
    October 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Yes, that which is good & pleasing unto God is not television entertainment. Deception and sin go hand in hand.

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  • Jeanie Colemire
    November 12, 2013 at 6:02 am

    No

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  • Scarlett Hutchinson
    November 12, 2013 at 6:31 am

    no

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  • Danny McKinney
    November 12, 2013 at 6:49 am

    no

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  • Karen Nunnenkamp
    November 12, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Many of you say no but as for me I have to admit to having to ask God’s forgiveness for something everyday! So I would have to say yes for me.

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  • Miriam Garcia
    November 12, 2013 at 7:35 am

    YES BUT BY THE GRACE OF GOD HE TAKES YOUR HAND AMEN

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  • Vivian Palmer Harvey
    November 12, 2013 at 7:55 am

    these are good articles for contemplation, thanks for developing and sharing your blog site..I am encouraged and counseled through them

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  • Vivian Palmer Harvey
    November 12, 2013 at 7:55 am

    me too, KAren..

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  • Trochia
    November 12, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Thank you for your feedback Vivian. It encourages us greatly!

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  • Dave Holcomb
    November 12, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Yes we are, but Jesus is our way out, Amen.

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  • Diane Tierney Louis
    November 12, 2013 at 10:46 am

    no

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  • Patti Highlands
    November 12, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    no

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  • Linda Bozick
    November 12, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Lord Protect Us Please And Thank You I Love You Amen

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  • Birdie Lawson
    November 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I’m glad you said it

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  • Joyce Thacker Mitchell
    November 13, 2013 at 6:57 am

    AMEN

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  • Linda Dixon
    November 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I don’t think people are naturally “attracted” to evil . . . but the “master of evil” is so tricky, and knows where people may be weak… and that is right where he will try to go . . . be ware of this and ask the Lord to guide you every day. . . I always (or quite often) ask Him to” Help me be the person I should be, because I am not without Him.” – and Praise His wonderful Name … He does.

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