There is a theological term known as the noetic effect of sin. What it means is that sin doesn’t just influence and cloud our hearts; it reaches to all regions, particularly our minds. You can read about it in Romans 1:21 “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
In other words, because of sin, we are dumber than we were in our original state. And we often display it. Today, I witnessed a beautiful display of this at Siesta Key.
I was told by many that Siesta Key was the best beach in the area. So with my brother-in-law in town, we all headed down south a bit. After enjoying some sun, surf, and an inordinate amount of seaweed, I began reading a good book.
Unfortunately I was interrupted by a few couples next to us feeding seagulls. You can’t just feed one. That’s why they called that 80’s band “Flock of Seagulls.” Seagulls from all over Florida flocked to the Ritz crackers like, well, like you would expect them to flock to a free mail. We had to stop reading and use our books to protect ourselves. Fortunately we stayed dry.
There are two types of people in this world: those who feed seagulls at the beach, and those who don’t like it when people feed seagulls at the beach. If you are the former, please consider that feeding seagulls might just be a noetic effect of sin. Or I might just be a spoiled Florida native who has witnessed one too many seagull feedings. But I don’t think so.