Once a snake almost got into our church office. Here’s how it happened:
Our secretary heard a pickup truck outside the church office loudly blowing its horn. It continued to blow, so she got up to see what was the matter, and when she opened the front door of the office, she saw a woman wildly gesturing to her and pointing to her truck tire. There under the tire was a snake. The snake was writhing, hissing, and trying to escape, but she had the tire firmly on him. However, there was no way that woman was going to get out of her truck and get near the snake.
So she was shouting at our secretary to kill the snake.
Our secretary decided to delegate the job to a minister. Since I was gone to town to visit people in the hospital, she called on our music minister. I suppose she knew he was experienced at waving his arms, and could strike the right blow on the serpent. Sure enough, he beat the snake to death with a stick, and it never made it into our office.
But that’s not to say the Old Serpent might not try. The apostle Paul warns, “I fear that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your minds may be corrupted from a complete and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3, HCSB). A few verses later, Paul reminds us that when he does show up, the Old Serpent won’t necessarily look like a snake: “And no wonder! For Satan himself is disguised as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14, HCSB).
So be on guard for the Old Serpent. If he is leading you away for devotion to Christ, you need to get rid of him, even if he looks more like an angel than a snake.
(Copyright 2012 by Bob Rogers. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Read this column each Friday in the Herald. Visit my blog at www.bobrogers.me.)