It’s not a myth. They are among us — in book stores, on movie screens, TV sets and billboards, in graphic novels and video games all across the land. Vampire stories have been with us since Dr. John Polidori’s The Vampyre,1819, followed by Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel,  Dracula. Vampire stories have always seemed to interest the public in an off and on sort of way but in the past 15 years the trend has blown up into a pop culture phenomenon.  It was the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series that began this trend in 1997-2001, but vampires are everywhere today.  The Twilight series sold a reported 70 million copies followed by the super-hit Twilight movie. The CW Network release of The Vampire Diaries, based on the young adult books of L. J. Smith has blown up and a ‘vampire’ Google click yields almost 18 million sites!  If pop culture is any indication of a societies mental, emotional, physical and spiritual state (and it is) then why is there all this blood sucking romance in the entertainment media?  Perhaps it is because of the fact that so many of the things that we are falling in love with today are literally sucking the life out of us.  It may also very well be the fact that so many of us have become blood sucking vampires ourselves; that is we have become people who are so self serving that we are no earthly good at all.

Licking the Blade 1 Peter 5:8-11                                                                                There is the brutal tale of hunters in the Alaskan tundra that coat a long sharp knife with the fresh blood of their previous kill. As the blood freezes they cover it again and again until it thickly coats the blade. Once the steal is thoroughly covered, the hunter buries the handle of the knife into the snow and pounds the ice tightly around it. The covered knife, now protruding through the snow like a bright red popsicle catches the scent of the hungry wolf. The hunter watches slyly under cover as the wolf inspects the curious sight. He senses danger as he darts about the unusual object, but then he takes a quick lick. It is absolutely delicious to the beast and he takes another. Soon, he is devouring the object while the icy cold of the treat is numbing his mouth. In a short time the layers of blood expose the blade of the knife. Soon it is no longer the taste of the kill that he enjoys but his own life’s blood that he swallows. He licks faster and harder in his wild and ravenous rapture until at last he weakens and falls dead as the hunter’s easy prize.

Like the wolf, we can easily be fooled by the wiles of the tasty sin that the devil coats death with. When we devour such things it is our own life that we consume.  Ravenous for sin we become numb to the effects and even to the warnings around us.  We must be sober minded and resist the devil and those things which God’s word tells us to avoid.  We must hold onto faith and take heart in knowing that we do not resist these things alone.  Every brother and sister (Christian) in the world does the same.

Don’t be a vampire by developing a taste for sin. You will drain the life out of you and become easy prey to the devil.

Blood Suckers Philippians 2:3-18                                                                   Vampires are blood suckers, they live off of the life blood of their victims. Are you a metaphorical vampire?

From creation we were never made to get something for nothing. Even before the fall Adam worked (Geneses 2:15).  All human relationships are ordained by God to be reciprocal and even the relationship we have with God is to be that way too.  He loves us and we are to love others. (1 John 4:19)  He forgives us and we are to forgive others (Matthew 6:14-15).  Refusing to do so even results in being unforgiven ourselves.  God’s word also instructs that if we do not work we should not eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10-11), and that all of God’s people should bring the full tithe into the house of the Lord (Malachi 3:7-9) and stop robbing God.  Still, there are vampires in the Church. Those who regularly benefit from gifts that others give while they give nothing of themselves at all. There are vampires in America…those who take from tax payers and give nothing of themselves to the nation or its people in return. In fact, many of the people that suck up America’s resources are also those who do crime against her people and her land. There are vampires everywhere among us and it is not wrong to confront them. It may be politically incorrect but who cares! It is our blood they are sucking!

God instructs all of us to loose our bloodthirsty lust for sin and to stop sucking the life out of others and get over our selfishness by truly following His lead. We are to be lights in this dark world of selfishness, and if the time should ever come that you yourself should need a transfusion. God will certainly provide you with the help that you need. In fact He has already bled out on your behalf.

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