That Devil on my Shoulder

Posted By on May 4, 2010

We’ve all seen the picture, or variations of it: a person, with a devil sitting on one shoulder and an angel on the other. The devil represents, well, the Devil. The angel represents a guardian angel, or God. And we, we are to presume, stand in the middle with a choice to make. Which team will we join?

But the problem with that imagery is that we’re already on a team. God isn’t sitting there waiting for us to make a choice, upon which He will then judge us. He is already on our team. Our choice is really to back our Teammate or sell out to the opposing team.

Did you ever see the movie Sargent Bilko? One man got accused of accepting a bribe for “going down” in a boxing match, and got exiled to Greenland for it. Pete Rose got ousted from his profession just for betting… not even on one of his own games. But when we betray our team, we are welcomed back. Unconditionally.

And even people who do not call themselves teammates are welcomed and supported. He has your back. And you don’t even have to earn it.


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