Read: 1 Peter 5:6-11
“No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”
2 Corinthians 11:14 NASB
While I love to tell stories about my political experiences, the story of my first (and last) experience in a nightclub is one of my favorites. It was the night of the Governor’s inaugural ball and the rotunda at the State Capitol had begun to clear. Everyone was moving on to another party planned to last late into the night and I found myself sitting alone, staring up at the majestic dome.
It was at this point that the Senate Majority Leader, the Senator from my own district, noticed my solitude and asked me if I had a ticket to the next event. When I responded that I didn’t, he suggested that I come along anyway – promising to take care of the problem when we arrived.
I carefully considered the offer, realizing that I didn’t know where the event was to take place or when I should ask my ride to pick me up. “Where is it?” I asked, gathering up my coat and purse.
His wife quickly pulled out their tickets which read “Big Easy Conference Center.” The two looked at each other for a moment as though they had not noticed the name of the venue previously. After a moment of silence, the Senator turned to me and explained that the last one had been in a hotel conference center, a very nice place, and that he imagined “Big Easy Conference Center” would be quite similar.
Having no other plans for the rest of the evening, I agreed and we all hopped a trolley which had been hired to transport attendees from the ball to the party. The streets were relatively dark and only seemed to get darker the closer we came to “Big Easy.” Something told us all that this was not right when we stepped off the trolley and began to walk down the alleyway into which we had been directed, passing an inordinate number of bars on the way.
We finally found the “Conference Center” and when the Senator was asked for his tickets, he simply flipped through the stack which he had purchased for his wife and children and we were allowed to pass. (I decided it would be best to forgo partaking of any of the food being offered at the event, since I was, essentially, being snuck into the venue.)
Inside, we discovered that the “Conference Center” was actually not a conference center at all, but a night club offering a buffet and karaoke. The awkwardness we felt was intensified by the fact that most of the people there were in Hawaiian shirts and we were all still in our formals. We stayed long enough to put in an appearance, then left with a good story that I will still be telling even after I have children and grandchildren of my own.
The truth is, all of us should have known that something was wrong with the scenario long before we took that walk down the alley. Despite the good name under which the party was booked, there were plenty of hints that the event would be less than appropriate.
As Christians, we often fall prey to similar traps laid for us by the Devil. Presenting himself as an angel of light, he lures us into situations that appear to be acceptable, but in the end turn out to be otherwise. Perhaps this is why Peter cautions believers to be alert. Only when we’re paying attention to what is happening around us can we be certain to avoid the Devil’s snares!
Challenge: This week, practice alertness. Before doing anything (even seemingly good things), take the time to pray and examine the situation carefully. You may be surprised at the number of traps you avoid!