“Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. ” Song of Solomon 2:15
Reports indicate that the wound on the Canadian cruise ship Explorer that sank Friday off Antarctica was in the beginning a mere fist-size hole. But 20 hours after the pre-dawn accident near the South Shetland Islands, the sleek ship slipped beneath the water and disappeared. Fortunately all 154 passengers and crews took to lifeboats and were plucked to safety by a passing cruise ship.
Such a lesson in the Spirit is here, for indeed there is great danger in what begins as small matters. Small infractions, a little disobedience, a slight straying from God’s laws, a morsel of sin, a mere look toward Sodom; married eyes that linger too long on the face of another, an edgy story told, a business deal slightly shaded, a tale not quite true, innuendo; words taken out of context to prove one’s point, a promise disdained, nose thumbed at the IRS; poor choosing of friends, the reading of filthy literature, the listening and seeing of base programming. Small things, deadly things.
Paul addresses the subject in I Corinthians 5:6.
“Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?”
Let us not be deceived by the small size of sin, let us not be fooled by its apparent innocence, or by its feel of sweet harmlessness. For sin taken into our bosom will sprout and seethe and multiply, until at last we are overcome, and we may quite sink beneath sin’s sure and heavy strength.