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You’re likely familiar with the term “slippery slope.” Metaphorically it describes “a course of action that seems to lead inevitably from one action or result to another with unintended consequences.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).
This phrase is almost always used to describe a negative sequence of events that started ignorantly or innocuously, and yet ended tragically.
There is no slippery slope story more tragic than the story of Judas Iscariot. Jesus invited Judas to be one of his12 closest disciples—and appointed him as one of the first 12 apostles during His earthly ministry. It’s safe to assume that Judas had some level of love for Jesus, at least initially. He obviously made a commitment to become one of Jesus’ followers.
But little by little, over time, unresolved spiritual issues surfaced in Judas’ life. His greed, rebellion, and his opinionated nature are revealed in various situations. Without realizing it, Judas was on a slippery slope that climaxed the night before Jesus was crucified.
Look at how John described the moment in John 13:2 (NIV) “The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.” We all know the rest of the story, and the tragic end of Judas’ life.
The sad part of the story is that Judas’ bad ending was the result of small bad decisions along the way that opened him to the influence of evil. His journey down the slippery slope came to a very ugly crash. His little spiritual compromises caused him a big spiritual problem.
Are you on a slippery slope? Are you making small spiritual compromises, thinking they really don’t matter? Hop off the slope and get back on solid spiritual ground!