What’s Your Trojan Horse?

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Tonight I watched the movie, "Troy."  (By the way, IMDB.comis a great website to look up any movie made… who was in it and what the movie is about.  IMDB professes to be the largest movie database on Earth.) IMDB gives this summry of the movie:

"Troy is an adaptation of Homer's great epic.  the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved."

Most of us studied Greek Mythology in junior-high school, at least I did.  I had to learn all the Greek gods in English class, and that very same year was also taught Evolution in Science.  What a year!  I also recall having a record player as a small child, and I had this one record that told the story of Troy.

So the story of Troy was very familiar to me, and I appreciated the story coming to life on the movie screen.  The screenwriter, David Benioff (who also wrote "25th Hour" directed by Spike Lee), did a great job with writing this piece, and Brad Pitt does a phenomenal job portraying Achilles, one of the main characters in this classic tale.

Well, there's this one scene where during the war between the Greeks and the Trojans, Achilles kills Troy's Prince Hector in order to avenge the death of his cousin.  Achilles drags Prince Hector's body back to his camp, and that night the King of Troy sneaks into his camp and appeals to Achilles to have his son's body in order to have a proper burial.  Achilles agrees and also promises the King that the Greeks will not attack them for 12 days, giving them 12 Days of mourning and funeral rituals as was the custom then.

So for those of you familiar with the story, you know that during those 12 Days, the Greeks built a wooden horse and hid some of their men in it, and the remaining Greek army make it look as though they had all died from a plague or fled the camp.  So after the 12 Days, the Trojan leaders open the city gates and come outside because all they can see from the city walls are dead bodies and this horse of great stature standing there.  The Trojans conclude that the Greeks must have fled or all died and that they left this magnificent horse as an offering to the gods.  The horse, probably created from wood from damaged Greek boats, impresses the Trojans, and they desire to take the horse inside their city, to showcase it there and celebrate their victory over the Greeks.

The younger son of the King spoke up and said, "No, let's burn it."  He didn't care what it was or why it was built.  He seemed to want to burn it on the basis alone that the enemy had left it there.  But the other leaders insisted on bringing the horse into Troy, and that's what they did.  They opened the city gates, the very gates that were keeping the Greeks out, and wheeled that horse right on in.  And of course at nightfall, the Greek soldiers that were hiding inside the horse came out and were able to open the gate for the remaining Greek armies to pour into the city and burn it to the ground.

So I ask you today, my friend, my brother, my sister… what is YOUR Trojan horse?  What things do we open the gates wide for and wheel on in… thinking it's one thing but it turns out to be another?  Thinking it's harmless, but it turns out to be harmful.  Thinking it's perfectly fine or "cool" to let something into our lives that the enemy made.  Thinking that it's a "prize" but it's ultimately our "tragedy."  Only you can answer that question as you allow the Holy Spirit to examine your heart and reveal those things that you usher in that, once inside, can destroy us.

It's so important to guard our hearts and have discernment about situations in our lives and the things we open our gates to so-to-speak.  We need the LORD's wisdom because looks are deceiving.  Things do not always appear as they seem to be.  The younger prince had this discernment.  He did not want to bring the horse into the city solely because it was something the enemy had left.  Had they burned the horse when they came upon it outside the city walls, instead of wheeling it inside, Troy may have been spared, and the enemy's plot against Troy would have been unsuccessful.

The Bible tells us that there is an enemy.  He roams about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).  And just like Troy's enemy was plotting against them, so our enemy, the devil, is plotting against us.  We have to be careful not to mistake something the enemy creates as something that is okay to accept with open arms.  So many examples come to mind that I'm hesitant to give examples because I believe that this analogy could apply to soooo many different things in our lives and have a different application to each different person reading this.  

Think about what your Trojan Horse might be.  Is it gossip?  Is it pride?  Is it sex outside of marriage?  Is it a boyfriend who clearly is not God's chosen mate for you?  A girlfriend?  Is it friendships or relationships that you know are not good for you?  (The Word of God says that bad company corrupts good character.) (1 Corinthians 15:33).  There are some individuals that we can't be letting up into our sanctified and secure city walls.  We need to shut the gate on some folk who are bad company.  Yes, we are still called to minister and associate with sinners in order that we may be living Epistles before them and they become saved, but we are not to go around united ourselves with those type of folk.  Do not be unequally yoked (2 Corinthians 6:14).

So that spiritual analogy so-to-speak came to mind while I was watching this secular movie and thought I'd share.  The Trojans had a big surprise when they woke up to their city in flames and Greeks all over the place attacking them.  You don't want to be surprised in the same way.  So be very careful what you wheel into YOUR gates!  Be gentle as doves, but wise as serpents.  And ask the LORD for wisdom.  He will give it to you.