by Barry Newton
Suddenly bright red and blue flashing lights lit up the rearview mirror startling the driver into a mild state of panic. Sure the reaction was slightly delayed due to the elevated influence of alcohol, but this was just another symptom of the driver’s altered perception. Disorientation, slurred speech, the smell of his breath and inappropriate responses to the officer confirmed that the driver had been navigating the roadway system under the influence of a substance. While we might immediately recognize the symptoms and dangers of DWI, how sensitive are we to the pitfalls of navigating life under the influence of societal values?
Intoxicated with the cultural drive to be a part of the herd because of the belief that security and importance derive from being a part of the majority, a Christian shrank from standing with Christ when an issue of morality entered the discussion. Walking tall and planning life with confidence, some pillars of the community imbibed deeply from their culture gaining their sense of identity and worth from their position on a board of directors or membership in a prestigious association. As Christianity shifted from being the dominate force to becoming simply another societal voice, if not merely a marginalized one, some Christians privately began to question whether their faith was worth it.
To all those operating their lives with the blurred vision of LWI (Living With Intoxication), the author of Hebrews in Hebrews 2:14-3:6 would desire to pull the foggy film from our eyes that we might clearly see what matters. Reality is, because of Jesus’ experience of having suffered when tempted, his procurement of salvation for us, with its accompanying freedom from the fear of death and his position as Son over God’s household, membership in God’s household certainly has its privileges.
There exists no association or basis for identity more enduring or more significant than being a part of this house Christ directs. Membership has its privileges and blessings.
To hold on to what is dear, thus avoiding the drift into a life intoxicated by lesser values, requires us to fix our thoughts upon Jesus, who he really is, and what he has achieved for us.
by Barry Newton