The Stupidity Of Vision

The other night I heard a sermon on the radio about how we need to find our vision. It stirred up all manner of pet peevish thoughts in me. I hate it when Christians talk about needing “a vision.”

He stressed that we are not to tell God what to do but God tells us what to do. Which is fine, but then he proceeded to tell four things you can do to get a vision for your life.

Here’s my main peeve with this: Scripture nowhere tells us to seek a vision. Native American religion teaches people to seek visions as well as modern pop-psychology/business gurus. But the Bible? Nope.

Any Bible character receiving a vision was generally asleep or doing something completely unrelated. None of them sought it. All the visions they were given were odd, they didn’t make any sense and few of the people were thrilled to carry it out (think Moses or Jonah).

Whereas Christian sermons say “Where there is no vision the people perish (verse taken way, way, way out of context) and you don’t want to die do you? So get a vision. Here’s how.” Unscriptural and bordering on blasphemous.

Generally, the outcome of seeking a vision is that we get distracted onto this physical, temporal dream of ours and meanwhile leave undone the many things the Bible clearly tells us to do. There is absolutely no Biblical precedent for any sermon I’ve ever heard on vision. It’s not there.

Here’s God’s vision for you: Do what God says in His Word. We walk by faith not by sight (vision, eh!) and faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

2 thoughts on “The Stupidity Of Vision”

  1. amen, amen, amen

    thanks for saying this.

    Have you also noticed how so many “visions” have to do with building projects and modernistic goal-setting??

  2. Yup. In fact, the radio sermon I heard that stirred this up was on a building project! I totally believe it’s our attempt to put a temporal, seen goal in place of the wind-blown life of faith that knows not where it came from or where it is going.

    Thanks for commenting.

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