Little by little, Centralia, Pennsylvania, is dying. According to an AP report, population is down to 21. Centralia used to be home to over 4,000. What is the problem? It is an underground fire that has burned continuously beneath the city since 1962! The fire is burning a particularly slow burning type of coal in the mine that runs beneath the city. The fire has caused hot spots, buckled highways and parched grass.

So it is with temptation. It is a fire that never fully goes out. While it happens at an unseen level, if left to itself, it will eventually cause damage to every aspect of our lives.

Illustration by J. Michael Shannon, Professor of Preaching, Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary, Cincinnati, OH.