As I write, 41 people are being held hostage at gunpoint in a community center in Binghamton, NY. This just a week or so after a gunman broke into a nursing home and wantonly killed a number of residents and staff. And that shortly after a church was invaded by a gunman during morning worship, resulting in the murder of the pastor. Add to this the school shootings, missing children, rampant violence on television and in video games, the greed that has derailed the world's economy, and the reckless - that's the only word for it - spending of short-sighted politicians, and you have a situation in which the people, guided by no transcendent vision of life and truth, are casting off all restraint for the sake of getting by any means whatever they have decided they want. Proverbs 29.18 refers to what happens when Godly vision, a vision anchored in unseen, transcendent truths, is cast off in favor of an "under the sun" approach to life. Where people have no respect for or regard for God, a merely secular and material vision of life sets in, the effect of which is to relativize everything and make every person a pragmatist - whatever works is what works for me. All restraints are thrown off and life becomes a reflection of its secular vision - red in tooth and claw, subject to chance and whim, only the strong survive. How much more of this will we be willing to take before we begin to call for a re-examination of those basic life assumptions that have guided our schools, government, cultural agencies, and the marketplace for the past two generations? And who will begin to question those assumptions if not those who know them to be false. And not only false, but dangerous.
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T. M. Moore
Where There is No Vision
- Psalm 137:4-6 How shall we sing the LORD's song in a foreign land?
- Psalm 137:1-3 By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion.
- Psalm 119:41-42 Let Your steadfast love come to me, O LORD, Your salvation according to Your promise;
- Psalm 136:23-26 It is He who remembered us in our low estate, for His steadfast love endures forever;
- Psalm 136:10-22 to Him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, for His steadfast love endures forever;