Sunday Night Sins

I don’t know when it is that you are especially vulnerable to temptation and sin, but I reckon for pastors (at least for this pastor), Sunday night is probably the worst. And probably part of what makes it worst is that it’s the least expected on a Sunday night. After all, you’ve just been serving God and his people, teaching them the Word, praying with and for them. Shouldn’t you be on a spiritual high?

Well, it might surprise you, but it’s true: in my estimation, Sunday nights are often when the spiritual battles are the fiercest.

So “what sins?” you might be wondering. Well, here are my top four:

  1. Pride – because you feel that things have gone well at church today.
  2. Self-pity – because you feel that things have not gone well at church today.
  3. Selfishness – because you feel you’ve served God all day and are entitled to kick back, relax, be served and not have to serve.
  4. Lust – because you do a lot more undisciplined TV channel and internet surfing in order to ‘unwind’, and your tiredness makes you more susceptible to pornography.

So I guess to the pastors (or potential pastors) out there: watch out for Sunday nights. I reckon this applies to very involved lay people as well, who, like pastors, serve a long day from morning to evening at church. Don’t think the day is over until it’s over. Your teaching and preaching might have finished for the week, but the battles may be just beginning for your godliness.

And to all Christians out there: please don’t just pray for your pastors and church workers before Sundays and for Sundays. Pray for us especially when we hit the evenings, at the end of a long day serving God when our defenses are low and the devil prowls around like a devouring lion.

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About Pete

I am a child of God, a husband, a father of four children, a pastor, and a church planter. I live in Sydney Australia and live to see Jesus made famous in this city and be the only God people worship.

Posted on June 26, 2011, in Christian Living, Ministry. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Albert Garlando

    Too true. The idol factory of the heart goes into overtime on a Sunday night. Vigilance is absolutely necessary. To quote John Owen “be killing sin or it will be killing you.”
    Sunday night is when the pastor most needs to be preaching the gospel. To himself!

  2. Man, totally relate to this! And i like Albert’s comment too…

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