Matthew 4:1-11 - Lent I/Midweek - February 29, 2012
Hallowed Be Thy Name
But people don’t generally like to hear about the devil as though he actually existed — for the same reason that they don’t like to hear about their sin as though they were actually accountable to God.
Because of this, it’s not a very popular thing to talk about such things as sin, or Satan, or anything really religious-sounding like that. If you make mention of any of this kind of stuff, you just might be met with scoffing criticism or dismissal even by your friends. “Keep it in the pulpit!” they say. “These are the things of myths, and religion; but they are not real life.” This could not be more false. In this midweek Lenten series, we pastors will be addressing the theme of modern unbelief, as the front of your bulletin puts it. And so I’ll try to give a contemporary example of how the devil’s wiles are made light of by the unbelieving world: