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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008 14:39:15 -0500
Forthright Magazine
Straight to the Cross

COLUMN: Hands-on Faith

Freedom from LWI
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.

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