My teaching is as precious as your eyesight—guard it!
Write it out on the back of your hands;
etch it on the chambers of your heart. Proverbs 7:2-3 The Message
I’ve been following a UK story about stationery products for children emblazoned with the Playboy logo. The image of a 7-year-old girl carrying a Playboy bunny would be so jarring, I ask myself, How did this become commonplace? There are so many groups that should object–the evangelicals, the feminists, the Muslims, the Anglo-Catholics.
This has caused me to reflect on that potent stronghold–the fear of being labeled, the fear of being labeled narrow-minded, the fear of being labeled a troublemaker, the fear of being labeled a prude, the fear of being labeled a fundamentalist, the fear of being labeled an ally of the above. If we could see with our natural eyes what this stronghold looks like, I think it would be a cattle chute.
God admonishes us to write His word on the back of our hands, to etch it on the chambers of our hearts, to bind it between our eyes (Deut 6:8). When we embody His word, we embody His love. His love drives out the fear of being labeled. His love compels us to protect the defenseless against those who would label them for their own purposes. When we embody His word, we don’t fit into the cattle chute.
Lord, write Your word between our eyes, on the back of our hands, and on the chambers of our hearts, we pray. Amen.