Culture Creep

By Tom Siebert

The culture of addiction has crept into the Church on little cat feet. And like all felines, this culture cat owns the place. We Christians routinely refer to the sins of gluttony as a “food issue,” fornication as a “purity problem,” and drunkenness as a “disease.” And when we return to these besetting sins, we call it “a relapse,” rather than the way the Bible graphically puts it: “As a dog returns to his own vomit, so fools repeat their folly” (Proverbs 26:11). I am not denying the brain chemistry or body pathology of these self-damaging behaviors. But if I want to be cleansed in the priceless, precious blood of Jesus, I must call a sin a sin


About Tom Siebert

Tom Siebert received a journalism degree from the University of Illinois and worked as a staff writer for newspapers in California, Florida, and Illinois. He reported general news, interviewed entertainment figures, and covered elected office holders––including four presidents and a pope. More significantly, Tom profiled human suffering in the form of a homeless man dying of AIDS, a college cheerleader battling Hodgkin's disease, and a senior couple living the long goodbye of Alzheimer's. He also worked as a copyeditor and proofreader for Tyndale House, a Christian publisher based in the Chicago suburbs. Tom is presently self-employed as an editor of Christian books. In addition, he serves as community relations director for Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County, Illinois. And Tom is on the leadership team for the Celebrate Recovery ministry at his church, Harvest New Beginnings, in Oswego, a suburb west of Chicago. He may be contacted at or (816) 344-7815.
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