Here is a wonderful and insightful passage from Shane Claiborne’s book, Jesus for President.
It’s the beautiful things that get us. Perhaps the greatest seduction is not the ANTI-GOD, but the ALMOST GOD. Poisonous fruit can look pretty tasty. That’s what is so dangerous about ideas like FREEDOM, PEACE, and JUSTICE. They are all seductive qualities, close to the heart of God. After all, it’s the beautiful things we kill and die for. And it’s the beautiful we market, exploit, brand, and counterfeit. WE FIND OURSELVES POSSESSED BY OUR POSSESSIONS. . . and enslaved by the pursuit of freedom. Nations fighting for peace end up perpetuating the very violence they seek to destroy. Serpents are slippery and slimy things. Most of the ugliness in the human narrative comes form a distorted quest to possess beauty. Coveting begins with appreciating blessings. Murder begins witha hunger for justice. Lust begins witha recognition of beauty. Gluttony begins when our enjoyment of the delectable gifts of God starts to consume us. Idolatry begins when our seeing a reflection of God in something beautiful leads to our thinking that the beautiful image bearer is worthy of worship.