The "Spiritual" Stockholm Syndrome
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, February 08 2010 00:00|
In 1973 bank robbers in Stockholm, Sweden, held bank employees hostage for six days. The whole affair ended in peaceful surrender. The hostages, however, would not testify against the robbers. They became emotionally attached to their captors, and even defended them. The phenomenon has become known as the "Stockholm Syndrome."
Christians are highly susceptible to "Spiritual Stockholm Syndrome." The Bible says, "The whole world is a prisoner of sin" (Galatians 3:22). When you and I become attached to worldly things, we become hostages.
That's why the Bible says things like:
If we're not vigilant, in our natural man we can become emotionally attached to the world -- even engrossed. When that happens, we will serve the wrong master. Do you find that you defend your worldliness? If so, is it possible that you have Spiritual Stockholm Syndrome?
The gospel of Jesus is a radical call to a life of total surrender -- taking up our cross and following Him. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in The Cost of Discipleship, "When Christ calls a man he bids him come and die."
Let us choose to die rather than defend our captor.
Yours for changed lives,