Too Blind to See

 

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Vision: The act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be.”

Without a vision people perish
Proverbs 29:18

Many times this verse of scripture is used in the context of “vision casting” for church leadership.
While it fits nicely when trying to convince others of the need for a particular ministry vision, this verse is not addressing leadership vision.
Chris Brauns writes:
“While it is good for leaders to communicate vision, Proverbs 29:18 is not talking about a leader’s vision. Rather, “vision” here refers to special revelation and the principle is that apart from God’s Word, society quickly spins into moral chaos.” Sometimes we are too blind to see the solution to our problems.

As we move further away from Judeo-Christian ethics and morality in our post-modern world we can easily see the truth in this statement.
The NIV translation offers this interpretation of Proverbs 29:18
“Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint”.
At first glance Proverbs 29:18 would appear to be a random piece of wisdom. But as is so often true in God’s word there are references throughout Proverbs 29 concerning the lack of Godly vision in this world that results in lack of restraint.
Pride, sexual immorality, greed, evil motives, hate, murder, lies and more are found in Proverbs 29.
All of these lead to an eventual breakdown and total loss of social order in our society and in our churches.

The ESV translates revelation as “prophetic vision”
Prophecy here is defined by what has been written for our understanding, (Romans 15:4) and the teaching of the Bible in our churches, that we may be saved and carry the message of salvation into the world.
The Bible is under attack on many levels. On a cultural level it is considered outdated and irrelevant.
It is not uncommon to hear someone who identifies as Christian question the authenticity of scripture.
A growing number write off any claim of biblical authority as opinions of men who have translated scripture over the years to fit their agenda.
It is under attack in our churches as some denominations, pastors and church leadership are compromising the truth found in Scripture. Because of they do not want the pressure of appearing judgmental, non-inclusive.
If we as a people do not hear God’s Word, then we can expect society to break down and even local churches to cast off restraint.
The instruction captured in Proverbs 29:18 is not one to be used by church leadership to get people on board with their vision.
It is a warning of the danger and destruction that comes from choosing our own visions instead of Gods.

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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