Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches


Bound by the Word and . . .

Several times I have driven up Mount Evans west of Denver in the Colorado Rockies. The road to the summit is advertised as the highest paved road in Boundaries Mt. Evansthe United States. Passing the tree line and entering the tundra at about 10,000 feet my heart begins to pound and my face flushes with heat. That happens because of the majestic vistas that come into view from every direction. It also happens because of the snow that lurks at roadway's edge even in summer months. But, truth be told, it happens because I could wish for some guard rails! I hug the center of the road and hope for no oncoming traffic. The steep drop-offs on both sides force me to slow down and keep my eyes on the road, rather than on the inviting scenery! Every part of me goes on alert.

Guard rails. Guard rails are good on high mountain roads because they provide a barrier between us and a fatal slip. Guard rails state that someone was thinking about flat-landers and was willing to invest $ to protect them. Guard rails punctuate the reality that the terrain is inherently dangerous and we dare not stray left or right. But Mount Evans has no guard rails.

Not so our lives! The OARBC motto reminds us of the two guard rails within which we function – the Word and the people of God. Since "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God," and since "holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit," and since we are encouraged to search "the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so," we do not careen dangerously through life searching for truth! We have found it! We relax in the Word's "confining" truths and arrange our lives within its boundaries. Such confinement produces both safety, and strangely enough, a real freedom.

On the other side of the road is the "one another" guard rail. Relationships and accountability hem us in. We are a part of the "Fam" and the family is to exert a wholesome influence on us. We could even call it a restraining influence. Romans 15:1-2 puts forth this notion when Paul exhorts, "We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification." Similarly, Hebrews 10:24 describes the influence the "Fam" should have on us when it says, "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works."

We are linked in a network of interpersonal relationship from the moment of salvation, and that network colors our lifestyle. The "one anothers" serve as a second sturdy guard rail to keep us on the straight and narrow.

For my part, I'm thankful!

Dave Warren

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