The commercial in the video below pokes fun at the horror move genre, saying, “When you’re in a horror movie you make poor decisions … it’s what you do.” And as I watched it, it occurred to me that this is a pattern we also follow too easily.
The Christian version of the saying might go something like this: “When you’re living in a fallen world, have a fallen nature, and are governed by a fallen angel, you make poor decisions … it’s what you do.”
Of course the insurance company that put this clever ad together wants you to stop making bad decisions by buying their product. Fair enough.
But the Church, too, wants us to do the same. We have to be sober about the fact that our human nature and our hearts are wounded. Living in the “horror movie” of this fallen world, we also tend to make bad decisions. Our hearts are wounded, our desires are out-of-balance and unruly, and our minds are easily darkened. Thus we need to seek the balm of prayer, the salve of God’s Word, the medicine of the Sacred Liturgy and the Sacraments, and be careful to keep holy and helpful fellowship.
Don’t make poor decisions. Be sober about your tendencies to do so … and take your medicine!