Ryan is the Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Hickory, NC. He is the host of the "In The Room" podcast, and the author of 8 Hours, Or Less: Writing Faithful Sermons Faster.  

Sin Is Like Fast Food

Sin Is Like Fast Food

As a culture we have a strong affection for fast food and for good reason - fast food tastes great. I’ve heard health-conscious people smugly say, “Fast food tastes disgusting.” That is incorrect. Fast food is disgusting because of what it’s made out of, but it tastes amazing! That’s one of the main reasons our waist lines are growing faster than Justin Bieber’s rap sheet.  

While fast food tastes great in the moment, it takes a serious toll later on. You feel physically awful after you eat it. No one can claim ignorance - we all know fast food is essentially poison for our bodies. But there’s also an emotional toll. Maybe you’re familiar with what I would call “fast food guilt?” It’s the guilt that sets in immediately after eating something you know is bad for you - Big Mac, double quarter pounder with cheese, or in my case, a dozen donuts from Spunky Dunkers. Fast food tastes great in the moment, but takes a toll later on.  

This is why sin is like fast food. Hebrews 11:25 draws attention to the to the fleeting, or momentary pleasures of sin. Nobody sins because it stinks. We sin because we want to. Sin is often enjoyable, easy, and pleasurable…in the moment. Like fast food, the pleasure of sin will pass. Sadly, the consequences often do not. 

Maybe you’re currently settling for the momentary pleasure of sin. Maybe you’re ignoring what God has said about something because you don’t see any immediate consequences for what you’re doing. If that’s you, please listen:

Sinfulness now steals happiness later.

Sin dishonors God and hurts you. Don’t settle for momentary pleasure when God has offered you long term, even eternal enjoyment of Himself. Turn from your sin and all its fleeting and temporary pleasures and press into Jesus for the true happiness that’s only found in Him.

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