Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tunnel Vision

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers" -Psalm 1:1


     Have you ever been reading a book, but you refuse to talk to anyone about it or look up anything about it for fear of the ending being ruined for you? Any time you watch tv, go on the internet, or even go in public, you put up blinders. You refuse to hear or see any spoilers so you don't ruin the sweet ending of the book, and you don't remove these blinders until you have completed the book. You have tunnel vision, and can't afford to look to the left or the right, just straight. How come we can do this easily with the books we read or the shows we watch, but we can't do it with our Christianity? Why is it so easy to avoid things that ruin books or movies, but it's hard to ruin things that can cause us to stumble and spoil our minds against God?

     Everywhere you look, it seems, there's sin. Movies, television shows, music, books, and even billboards are shoving the things of the world into your mind, finding any way they can to worm their way into your head. You can't seem to see any movie without cursing, a book without a sex scene, or a magazine rack without at least one person who is just as close to naked as you can get without actually being naked. And it's not these things that really bother me. The world will be the world, and doctors aren't for the sick (Matthew 9:12). It's not that I have to see these things as I walk through the store, or skip over entire scenes in television shows, but the fact that it's so easy to not ignore these things, and how many Christians don't.

     Psalm 1 tells us that those who don't do what sinners do, or think about what the wicked think are blessed. In verse two it says that those who don't do these things delight in the law of the Lord, which means that those who do not delight in the law of the Lord do walk in the counsel of the wicked, and do sit in the seat of scoffers. Do we as Christians delight in the law of the Lord, or in the things of this world? Do we look aside from those songs and shows and books that lead our minds elsewhere? 

     Do you have tunnel vision? Do you only look towards God? If not, then change that. It's as simple as reading more, praying more, and removing the sins and temptations from your life. We cannot go to heaven unless we are spotless, and that is definitely a possibility as we can see in Isaiah 1:18. Today I'd like to encourage you to look at your life, and take these things under consideration, and to focus on God's will, not the will of man.