Feasting on poison
poison: a substance that is capable of causing the illness or death of a living organism when introduced or absorbed.
I am afraid friends, that many of us are feasting on poison and thinking it good and right. No matter what you call it, poison still infects and effects us. It makes us sick, and in large enough doses it kills.
As I took a break from writing in October, a strange thing happened. Without the physical outlet of writing for my thoughts I have become hyper aware of what I have been taking in.
I have been taking in lots of things. Thoughts, ideas, propaganda, information, and life circumstances to name a few have all formed a steady input. With all of these things ‘filling me up’, I am starting to realize that some of these are simply poison.
You see there are things, ideas, and information that simply are not worth thinking on. It poisons us. There exists evil, unfit, destructive, deceitful and down right harmful ideas and thoughts that are available everyday for us. These are poison to our very lives.
I am afraid that we have developed as people and leaders a low level tolerance for this ‘poison’. As we develop this tolerance, it makes us sick, weak, and not whole yet it has become our norm; so we simply keep taking it in.
I work in a church. I work with other churches and teams that lead in many churches. This low level tolerance for poison has seeped into the church. It has infected the way we think and see the world.
How do I know this to be true? Because I am aware I have a log in my own eye when it comes to this topic. I have taken in much poison and called it things like passion, holy anger, discernment, and/or (insert your the justification of your choice here.)
How do we stop feasting on poison?
The best way I know is to feast on the right things. Fill up on the things that are whole and good and right. The more things we take in that are whole and good and right the less room we will have to digest the poison. The more of the good and whole and right we take in the more our mind/body/soul will become more sensitive to the poison and will react when it is digested.
St. Paul encourages us this way in Philippians 4:8:
From now on, brothers and sister, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things:
all that is true
all that is holy
all that is lovely
all that is worthy of praise.
Feasting on poison? Leave it behind, and feast on the good and the whole and the right.