Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Vision for Heart Change

If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, "Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!" (which all {refer} {to} things destined to perish with use)--in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, {but are} of no value against fleshly indulgence.--Colossians 3:20-23

The above picture shows eye glasses issued by a zoo in the UK. Apparently, a woman was attacked when a gorilla jumped the moat and grabbed her because she had stared in his eyes and smiled (acts of aggression to primates). Rather than trying to convince people not to stare into the eyes of a gorilla, they thought these glasses were a better option.

My favorite comment which was made:

Of course, if you have your head tilted down and angled just right while rummaging in your backpack, you might find the specs are inadvertently staring at the angry gorilla by themselves - with the extra hassle that you won't be able to see him coming.


brother_barabbas said...

I'm still chuckling. Perhaps we should wear these during our worship service to alleviate perplexing our pastor by our expression or distracting him by eye contact. Hmmm.....?

Darby Livingston said...

Actually, it would have the opposite effect. Everyone would be looking down at their Bibles, but appear to be staring down the preacher. :)

I like the analogy to those who would pile on law in place of changing the heart.