2017-01-10 - Gyroscopes
We recently saw a television show about an airplane crash that resulted from a disoriented gyroscope. The plane was actually flying in a straight line, but the gyroscope gave the pilot and co-pilot incorrect info, saying it was going left. As the pilot tried to "correct" the plane toward what he believed was the right, he actually was turning the plane upside-down. Consequently the plane not only flew off-course but plummeted into a jungle. Sadly, forty-seven lives were lost, due to the inaccurate information.
Our spiritual lives can be like that, too, if we depend on non-Biblical sources for our values or behavior guidelines. For example, any time something is written into law simply because people want it (like risking the abuse of people's bodies via generalized marijuana legalization, even though marijuana has been proven to kill brain cells, especially in youth and many accidents are caused by people smoking it), news organizations trusted by millions are dishonest by withholding info or false accusations not based on facts (another no-no in the Bible, even if someone well-respected / popular does it), or we allow celebrities or other bad role models to inform our opinions - we can fall into these traps as Christians.
No, it's not okay to live with someone before marriage, even though it's commonly accepted in society (See: Fornication in the Bible, as well as avoiding the appearance of evil). No, it's not okay to excuse and allow criminals to continue to victimize children, the disabled or elderly or anyone for that matter (See that even Jesus allowed the death penalty for the thief; He was more concerned about the man's eternal destiny but didn't save him from the cross, and in the parable of the Good Samaritan as well as strong OT laws, we are taught the value of lives and the protection and safety of those lives.). No, it's not okay to mistreat and denigrate Israel (See: Genesis 12:2-3), even though Hollywood and many others treat them like trash, ironically then calling Israel's supporters anti-semitic (Do the false accusers even know what that word means?).
No, drugs are not a "victimless" crime, so that the offenders should be just dumped back into society. I can't tell you how many times I have sat in court or talked with and supported someone beaten or raped or robbed by someone either on drugs at the time, robbing to support a drug habit - and sometimes both. And some of the victims are children and the elderly, and he Bible has harsh words for those who neglect or harm the vulnerable. And i have seen many defendants "go through the motions" of programs, just to avoid serving time, yet they revolve back into the system because their heart wasn't into it. Families admit that, even when most families would deny the offender's crime until shown ironclad proof.
When we have a decision to make, whom do we consult for advice? Hopefully we turn to prayer, the Bible and seasoned Christian family members, friends or our pastors. But if the relative, friend or pastor have disoriented gyroscopes, even they can steer us off-course. So we always, ALWAYS need to check everyone's ideas and advice against the Bible. No human is perfect, though some are wiser and less corrupt than others. But humans are - well, human. But we can always count on the Bible to be true, and a font of wisdom.
Acts 17:11-12 (MSG) The Jews received Paul’s message with enthusiasm and met with him daily, examining the Scriptures to see if they supported what he said. A lot of them became believers, including many Greeks who were prominent in the community, women and men of influence.
Janice P. Moser