Summary: Don’t fall!!
Please Help Me, I’m Falling!
The title of this message comes from an old C&W song. It is the lament of a man caught between his conscience and his desire. His marriage is not doing well and there is a woman that finds him attractive. He also finds her to be desirable, but he reminds himself and the lady in question about his vows and that to fall would be sin. As the song goes on, he finds the attraction to the other woman becoming stronger. He pleads with her to close the door to temptation so that he cannot walk in. He finds he is losing his will to be true. He knows he should not want her but he does. The song ends with the same plea to the woman to please help him, he’s falling in love with her. It does not come out and say that he finally fell, but from the tone of the final plea it is obvious that he did.
There is a lot of theology in secular songs. Some good and most bad, but here we have a classic example of a person dealing with temptation and doing it all wrong. He is obviously a fairly moral man, but he has allowed himself to get into dire straits due to the state of his marriage and by consistent exposure to this woman. In the darkness of despair he is in doubt of the vows that he made in the light of new love. He is aware of the sin involved if he falls, but he does not run away from the precipice of destruction. Instead, he lingers in the deceptive warmth of emotion rather than peering into the cold crevice awaiting him if he falls. He pleads for help to be true from the very woman who is attracted to him enough that she does not want him to be true. The song had not been written yet, but they were both "lookin’ for love in all the wrong places."
Before we are too hard on either party we must remember the exhortation to "consider thyself, lest thou also be tempted." (Gal 6:1) Another one to remember is "Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." (1 Cor 10:12) More of us are guilty in our thought life in this area than we would care to admit and we are just as guilty, Brothers and Sisters, as this couple. (Matt 5:28)
This particular sin stands out to us and we are outraged and indignant, but all sins happen because of the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. Those are the root sins; the rest are just an offshoot of them. They also occur because of the same mistakes that led our couple in the song into sin.
Ephesians 4:27 Neither give place to the devil. (KJV)
The first mistake in any sin is giving the devil opportunity to make us fall. It always starts out as something small and innocent and then it snowballs. We were only going to try one puff on a cigarette as kid, but it turned into a life habit that may bring us to death with cancer way before our time. We just going to have one drink to see what the big deal was and then we became alcoholics after years of just one more for the road to be sociable. We were only going to look at one porn magazine or web site and it turned into an addiction. We were only kissing and petting, but eventually a new life was created in the back seat of a car. We gave the devil opportunity to deceive us and snag us into a pattern of sin.