Saturday, July 2, 2011

Nibbling Away




(Sorry for the out of focus photo. That's me in the back of the canoe.)


I used to live in a small town in the mountains of Northwest Montana. During those years I went on several Missouri River canoe trips over on the "east side" of the state. There are lots of cattle ranches on the east side and occasionally, cows will wander off and get lost . . . I remember seeing cows that had wandered off their ranches grazing away on the side of the road. Ask a rancher how a cow gets lost, and chances are he will reply, 'Well, the cow starts nibbling on a tuft of green grass, and when it finishes, it looks ahead to the next tuft of green grass and starts nibbling on that one, and then it nibbles on a tuft of grass right next to a hole in the fence. It then sees another tuft of green grass on the other side of the fence, so it nibbles on that one and then goes on to the next tuft. The next thing you know, the cow has nibbled itself into being lost."


Americans are in the process of nibbling their way to being lost. . . We keep moving from one tuft of activity to another, never noticing how far we have gone from home or how far away from the truth we have managed to end up.


See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
Col 2:8 (ESV)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.


Heb 12:1-2 (ESV)

It makes all the difference in the world if we check any current "philosophy"against what the Bible says about it. If it's contrary to what God says is good for us then we should not be swayed by any popular opinion about it. If we make Jesus our example to follow and not the current "idol" or "voice" or politician, then we'll be safely guided through this life and  be prepared for eternity.


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