It is a strange thing that a person would fight to defend the person who holds them captive. Yet this is the very thing happened in 1973 during a bank robbery in the city of Stockholm. After six days of being held hostage, the people who were being held captive began to sympathise with their captors and eventually fought to defend them when the authorities broke in to save them.

This process, which has become known as ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, is a lot closer to our personal experience then we may like to think.

The reality is that we are held captive by sin. It is our enemy and it destroys us. However, over time we have started to find that our allegiance shifts so that we now see our enemy as our friend. This becomes obvious once someone tries to set us free from our sin. This may be a friend challenging us about the truth, or it might be the Holy Spirit prompting us to change our ways. We can suddenly become very defensive and fight to protect our sin, in the same way that a person experiencing ‘Stockholm syndrome’ would fight to defend those who hold them hostage.

This is where the scriptures are important for correcting our thinking. The word of God is very clear about who the enemy is and how we are to fight, so that when Christ comes to free us from sin, we will not find ourselves fighting against him.