Compelled By Sin, We Were, But Now We Are Consumed By It!
I just love this quote from Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl -
"We spent 'em and traded 'em and frittered 'em away on drink and food and pleasurable company. The more we gave 'em away, the more we came to realize the drink would not satisfy, food turned to ash in our mouths, and all the pleasurable company in the world could not slake our lust. We are cursed men, Miss Turner. Compelled by greed, we were, but now we are consumed by it."
The reason why I love it so much is it speaks not of a mythological pirate curse, but it speaks of the depravity within us all. We are sinners from birth (Rom 5:12, 15-17a, 18a, 19a; 1 Cor 15:21-22; Eph 2:1), and we continue in sin throughout our lives; the more we give into our sin and its promise of pleasure, the more we find it cannot satisfy and we must seek out new ways to express our depravity, becoming even more enslaved to it. Or, to tweek the words of Barbossa, compelled be sin, we were, but now we are consumed by it!