COLUMN: Is your conscience expandable?

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By Shirley Jones

 Your word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin. Psalm 119:11

Ever hear of a pitcher plant?

It attracts insects with its bright colors. Once inside, the insects lose their footing and slide down a sugarcoated tube into a liquid that drowns them.

Satan does that too. He sugarcoats the way to ruin and before you know it, you’re hooked.

Adam Clark worked in a store selling silk. One day his boss suggested he stretch the silk as he measured it. This would increase profits and Adam’s value to the company. He refused.

Clark told his boss, “Your silk may stretch but my conscience won’t.”

Nixon aide Jeb Magruder, commenting on the Watergate scandal, said, “We conned ourselves into thinking we weren’t doing anything wrong and by the time we were doing things that were illegal, we’d lost control.”

The book, “The Day American Told the Truth,” reports that 91 percent of those interviewed lie regularly and 70 percent believe there are “no absolutes” when it comes to good and evil.

God says: “Don’t move back the boundary lines” in Proverbs 22:28.

Why? Because they’re there for your protection.

Paul writes, “Hold fast that which is good” in I Thessalonians 5:21 because right’s right, even when everybody’s against it, and wrong’s wrong, even when everybody’s for it.

After fasting 40 days, Jesus was tempted by Satan.

Satan said, “Change these stones into … bread” Matthew 4:3.

Now eating’s OK when you’re hungry but following the devil’s suggestion is not. So while Satan twisted the scripture to justify sin, Jesus used it to withstand him. And you can do that too.