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Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2011 07:25:35 -0700 (PDT)
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COLUMN: REALITY CHECK

The Vision Thing
 by Stan Mitchell

"Where there is no prophetic vision, the people cast
off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law" 
(Proverbs 29:18), ESV.

You might be familiar with the King James Version's
translation here: "Where there is no vision, the people
perish." It's often quoted by speakers in corporate
seminars. "If we're to survive this tough economy," the
CEO intones, " we will have to have a vision for the
future."

Not all visions are good, however. Jim Jones had a
vision. So did David Koresh. It takes more than
"vision" for a people to be pleasing to God.

Many people want their churches to adopt a sort of
Burger King philosophy -- you know -- "have it your
way."

It takes "revelation" -- specifically, a vision that
conforms to God's vision, to make a church what it
ought to be. A people who do not live by God's vision
is one that has "cast off restraint." It has become
self absorbed, chaotic and lawless.

What an apt description of modern society! A vision we
certainly have. "I want it! I want it right now! I have
my rights, you know, and I don't care how getting what
I want affects those around me!"

A vision this certainly is. God's vision it is not.
What we must do is learn to read God's word, and begin
to see things as God sees them. Now that's vision.

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