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Test Your Vision

I never thought the day would come. My eyesight had always been better than 20/20. I was the one who could read the most distant road signs, assemble the smallest plastic models for my kids, or find Waldo in a sea of humanity.

But then it happened… 

Playing a family board game a few years ago, I was having difficulty reading the fine print on the cards.  Fully convinced it was the game’s fault, I complained aloud about the poor choice of font size.  “Why would someone make a game with print so tiny that we can’t even read it?!”

My sons laughed, my wife rolled her eyes, and my mom handed me her dollar-store reading specs.  As I slid them on, I believe the “Hallelujah” chorus began playing from somewhere up above.  The heavens opened and all fuzziness came into crystal clear focus. 

At that moment I realized my eyesight had begun to fade long before this event.  I had grown accustomed to blurry vision.  Taking those glasses back off, I couldn’t believe how unfocused my vision had become.

In a spiritual sense, many people have gone the way of my aging eyes.  Modern day perspectives have diffused much of the holy reverence and sacred distinction once held for God and His Word.  Solid biblical worldviews have become fuzzy.  Personal feelings have softened the focus on truth.  Even within the church, the blur of moral relativism has created nebulous convictions, while simple adherence to God’s Word is often misperceived as legalism.  When did it become legalistic to obey God?  

A meme I saw recently on social media lately put it well:

“Gradually the unthinkable becomes tolerable,
then acceptable, then legal, then praised.”

Christians, can we still see the fine print of God’s standards?  Or are we growing accustomed to blurry vision? 

Colossians 2:8 – “Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.”

– Ron Reid