The past couple days have been spent doing something that I’m not very good at doing…nothing. Alicia and I were trying to figure out where to go for the weekend when she came across a private campground that offered us a free weekend if we went through a short sales pitch. We decided why not and spent the weekend in Gettysburg, PA. While Alicia was talking to the place on the phone, they were describing everything they had and she was rattling off item after item. To be honest, I wasn’t really paying attention since I was driving and I’m not very good at doing 2 things at once. One thing she said stood out…they’ve got a honey wagon. She sounded intrigued since she is a honey fanatic and I just thought maybe there was a honey farm nearby. After she got off the phone we talked a bit and she mentioned the honey wagon again, and laughed. At this point, anyone who knows anything about camping probably realizes what a honey wagon is, and it has nothing to do with honey. It’s a septic truck that drives around and pumps your grey and black water without making you move your RV. That name sure is misleading if you’re not paying attention.
I’ve heard it said that sin lies to us and tricks us into doing things that are not right, but over the years I’ve found that it’s not so much a lie, as it is disinformation or an omission of certain facts. Sin is fun, there are lots of things you can do and experience and they’re great…for a while. (Heb. 11:25) The omission here is that there are consequences for your actions. You can live life however you want, but what you reap, you will sow. The majority of students today are being taught that they can live life however they want, everything is subjective, good is how you define it, etc. But the omission here is that living life however you want and defining good for yourself creates problems down the road. The issue is that it’s easy to fall for the hype. Many of us have allowed ourselves to become lazy intellectually and will take many propositions at face value.
In Mt. 16:6 Jesus warned the disciples to watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and Sudducees. It’s very easy to allow ideas into our minds that will fester and grow until they start choking out the truth. Intellectual laziness has ruined a lot of very good, strong men, but we need to take the advice Paul gave in 1 Cor. 16:13 “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” Any time you read the news, take a class, etc. be diligent to line things up with the truth found in God’s word. There are tons of ideas being shoved down our throats that are designed to gradually pull us away from God. Questioning is a good thing, but don’t fall prey to the Honey Wagon, it sounds good, but isn’t what it appears at first glance.