3. From the DECLINE of AUTHORITY and from the HOMOGENIZATION of people, we see the third force to be – DEHUMANIZATION. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (KJV). The NIV says, “Where there is no revelation the people cast off restraint“. To be dehumanized means that we have lost the art of innovation. There [is also] a loss of a sense of purpose. Few people have GOALS anymore. Our thoughts come by proxy from the media. Learning is a drudgery, a drag. There is no pattern to LIFE for most people today. Even the church has lost sight of its primary purpose. This kind of life in a society can only produce a fascistic state. The word “fascism” him means “a bundle“. With purposelessness pervading our nation, we can become “ripe for the plucking” of a dictatorship. We have “cast off restraint“.
In God’s plan and purpose, each one of us has a “call” – a definite place for us to function out of our SONSHIP under his FATHERHOOD. Paul says it very clearly to the Roman Christians, “The gifts and the CALL of God are irrevocable” (emphasis mine).
One of my major sources of employment as a consultant to industry was to form a plan for the client corporations to follow. It required several types of knowledge. It didn’t come so much from books as it did from experience. As I look back on what went into these carefully design plans, I can see that there were all sorts of experiences which had input – both great and small. Successful companies don’t just happen. Neither do mature men and women of God “just happen“. The WAY is a clear and concise path. It has definite boundaries, and it has specific directives. God’s people are meant to be a “peculiar people“. That means DIFFERENT. We are not to be “conformed to the world“. We are to be renewed. That means clearly that we are supposed to come into a CHANGE ourselves. We must come all the way out of the ways of the world. Often, that will mean a major change in our LIFE PATTERN!
God has been saying this through many prophets in this very day! Each of us has heard it many times. The question is, are we going to DO something about it? But we must recognize [that] it is a PROCESS. It is not an overnight overhaul! Learning is a process. What we learned today is dependent on what we learned yesterday. And many young Christians become very disgruntled or discouraged, because they don’t get it all overnight. Let me encourage you! Get a good tight hold on the things God is showing you through [the] mature leadership of this day, and He will make you leaders of tomorrow!
From Jay Fesperman’s “Letters of Exhortation”, Number 10, April/May 1981.