Looney Tunes star Pepe Le Pew and your average psycho in a murder movie have something in common. Though their victims race for their lives, or in Sir Skunk’s case for their olfactory nerves, the pursuers manage to keep pace. Compounding the disturbing nature of these scenes is the casualness of the chasers. The murderers seldom get past a brisk walk. Pepe prances playfully to Jack-in-the-box type music, always succeeding in overtaking his femme-skunk who has been moving at light speed to avoid the unwelcome advance. He is under the impression that their interaction is only natural and that her resistance is futile. “Zee cabbage does not run away from zee corn-beef,” he reasons. The problem is that she is actually a black cat with a strip of white paint on her back.
Why do Christians live our lives with the same attitude? The Evil one tries to convince us that it is pointless to resist him, that no matter how hard we run he will still catch us with little effort. Save your breath and just give in, he suggests. You’re only being who you were destined to be. We give in to his lies too often.
It may have been in our nature to be evil at one time but as 1st John 3:1 declares, it is no longer our fate. Jesus’ salvation is comprehensive because of the unmatchable quality of his power, so living in fear is the useless exercise.
The next time Satan taunts you in a French accent “You are my peanut. I am your brittle,” don’t start running in fear. He’s just mistaking you for one of his kind.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
1st John 3:1, NIV