2015-02-04 - Wall of Denial
First thing that enters my mind, with the title of this writing, is a song with the same name written in 1989 by Stevie Ray Vaughan. It was on his “In Step” release. The song talked about the emotional realities and results of building walls within our hearts and minds, rather than facing situations head-on and letting those walls fall down. People have been building walls of protection for a long time. The Bible talked about the fall of the Walls around Jericho, which is believed to be one of the oldest continually-occupied cities in the world, according to Wikipedia.com. The Great Wall of China was put up in the 14th century, to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire from Nomadic tribes (10mosttoday.com). The Berlin Wall construction began in 1961 after the Soviet Union occupied East Germany. They wanted to keep those in the East from defecting to the West of Germany. When the Soviet Union fell in 1989 deconstruction of that wall began (10mosttoday.com). In the minds of all those building those walls, there was something that needed to be protected. Sometimes we attempt to protect our hearts in the same manner, by building walls of denial. We can tell ourselves that we don’t need to deal with the reality of a situation as it actually is, by romanticizing what was an unhealthy situation. We sometimes feel the need to avoid thinking about something that has happened, due to it being emotionally painful, or we can live in denial due to physical fear for our safety.
Peter denied knowing Jesus (Mark 14:70; John 18:27), seemingly due to being ridiculed, although he agreed to betray him. A woman that touched Jesus’ robe denied it, when he asked who do so (Luke 8:44-46). She seemed to fear upsetting him. We aren’t to deny the truth or withhold what we know to be true of God’s word. We are not to keep ourselves hidden within our own minds, when our thinking has gone awry. We are to deny ourselves, when it hinders serving the purpose for which God has us serving him. We are to face what lies ahead of us within the context of the strength of the God we are serving, to do his will for his glory and not our own purposes. We are to allow God to do the protecting in any and all situations. He’s all we need, anyway. That’s why the walls of Jericho fell, and why the Berlin wall eventually came down. The physical walls falling can be quite a challenge in destroying, especially convincing others that it's the right decision. The emotional and spiritual walls are up to each of us. Where does your protection lie? I sometimes feel like I have to knock some wall down every day, metaphorically speaking. Asking to let go is part of gaining his strength.
“Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.