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Without Vision the People Perish

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“Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 29:18). Look around at our world, it’s chaotic, increasingly lawless, and people are metaphorically and physically perishing. Why? Because we lack vision. Or at least a lasting vision that’s based in reality, in God’s moral law and order. Join us as we dig into this incredibly relevant and practical proverb for today’s world. Listen as we explore ways to find our overarching vision as Christians, our specific God-given visions, and unpack counterfeits tempting us from all sides.

What You'll Hear
  1. Introduction (1:18)
  2. Proverbs 29:18 (2:49)
  3. Lack of vision breeds chaos. (9:38)
  4. There is an objective world, and there is a right and wrong way to live in it. (17:52)
  5. Humans need a vision for their lives. (26:19)
  6. Our vision must be based in reality, in God’s moral order. (51:02)
  7. Conclusion (59:36)

Randall Hoag is the president of Vision of Community Fellowship and the president of Food for the Hungry International Federation. Before that, he served as the president of Food for Hungry International. Randy has a lifetime of experience in Christian community development. He worked for many years, not just leading organizations, but also at the grassroots level, leading work in Bolivia and launching Vision of Community Fellowship.

Using the link above, you can read the transcript, listen along, and adjust the speed of the podcast while you listen.

"Living within the boundaries of God's order, living within his laws and ordinances that he has established–there is where we find happiness. We don't find happiness in license and rebelliousness. We think we do–‘If I can do whatever I want to do without consequences, I'm going to be happy.’ No. There are consequences for this."

Darrow Miller (8:33)

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  • 8:33 “Living within the boundaries of God’s order, living within his laws and ordinances that he has established–there is where we find happiness. We don’t find happiness in license and rebelliousness. We think we do–‘If I can do whatever I want to do without consequences, I’m going to be happy.’ No. There are consequences for this.” Darrow
  • 17:55 “God’s revelation–when he created–he did not create an illusion. He created reality. And that reality has a certain order to it. A metaphysical order, an order of ideas, a natural order, or physical order. There are laws of gravity. And an aesthetic order. Beauty is real. Yes, not beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Beauty is real. God is beautiful.” Darrow
  • 19:08 “I think when we talk about biblical worldview, Christians still tend to think, and I thought this way for a long time–it’s what I believe–this is what Christians believe. But that’s not what we’re talking about. We’re not talking about what I believe or what Christians believe–we’re talking about what is real, regardless of what you believe about it. So we’re not talking about a Christian worldview. We’re talking about reality, and which view that’s out there gets closest to describing that.” Scott
  • 51:58 “The law is the order. That’s God’s ordinance. It’s his order of things. And we, when we live within that order, are contributing to, with our little lives, the coming of the Kingdom of God.” Darrow
  • 53:03 “When people see something that works, that’s good, that’s beautiful, that’s orderly, maybe just your family or your relationships, maybe it’s in your church or whatever it is, but you’ve worked to align it with that order, that law–it’s so attractive, it’s going to be increasingly appealing. It’s going to shine quite brightly. So I think we have an opportunity right now, in this darkening time to really shine. And people are going to be attracted to that light because you can’t live in chaos and disorder, it’s just unlivable, you will perish.” Scott

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