Last night during our Bible Study on the book of James we discussed (well…I talked about) intentionality and sin. A little earlier I had taught a logic class of sorts, and read the following from Proverbs:
Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
Put away from you a deceitful mouth,
And put perverse lips far from you.
Let your eyes look straight ahead,
And your eyelids look right before you.
Ponder the path of your feet,
And let all your ways be established.
Do not turn to the right or the left;
Remove your foot from evil.
As we ‘ponder the way of our feet,’ surely one of the things we must do is ponder how our feet get into particular places. If I habitually commit the same sin again…and again…and again…well, you know what I mean, there was probably something back there at the side of the ‘right’ path that made turn onto the ‘wrong’ path. Maybe I should do something to stop passing by that thing that allures me to the wrong path.
There are people from my theological past who I took up to following in the social media milieu whose comments, from time to time, made me hear the war trumpets and the clash of armor. “They’re wrong!” I would think…and I would throw down the gauntlet across the cyberspace. When I have done that, just exactly whose champion have I been, anyway?
As like as not, the only thing or person I am championing is me. I want to get drunk and be somebody. But it’s nothing but a waste of my precious time and theirs. I am already somebody. Yahweh, in His Son, my Savior, Jesus Christ, has already spoken indicatives on my life. He tells me who I am. And, in this particular case, “champion” is on the list, but not for this personal cause. I pastor a church, I shepherd a family, there are some other lives out there that I minister to. But drawing my sword over things on the internet…not there.
There are a couple of folks I have stopped following, just for this reason. It’s not anything about them, really. I just have to ponder the way of my feet and put on some blinders.
We rejoice in the Lord, because we can.