People of the Lie – Boundaries That Prevent Growth
“Virtually all of the evil in this world is committed by people who are absolutely certain they know what they are doing. It is not done by people who think of themselves as confused. It is not committed by the ‘poor in spirit’. There are a number of ways to translate ‘poor in spirit’, but on an intellectual level the best translation is ‘confused’. Blessed are the confused.” People of the Lie by M. Scott Peck, M.D. Many people have read Peck’s books – The Road Less Traveled, Further Along the Road Less Traveled, & others. One of his best books is People of the Lie. As a Christian psychiatrist he has much experience with what he calls ‘pretenders’. Often these are so called “pillars of the community” socially & in church circles, but they are infinite evil in disguise. One of the primary characteristics of these people is their refusal to questions themselves or to allow anyone else to ask questions of their actions. They surround themselves with people who always agree with them & they set up boundaries against anyone God might send to bring light on their evil. They disguise this protection as Godly excusing their unwillingness to hear another opinion as Biblical even though the Bible insists we always question our motives & actions. Any time we use a portion of the Bible to create a dogma that excludes other portions of the Bible we are protecting ourselves from Godly confusion & setting ourselves up to be People of the Lie.
“Self-esteem, ego, feeling good about ourselves at any cost including eradication of any negative information about our self or our actions denies the need to evaluate criticism & make corrections. We should always love our self, but it is not always positive or mature to esteem our self”.
While the world is teaching us to glorify personal boundaries to protect our opinions & our comfort groups we need to remember the words of Jesus to our Father:
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me. John 17:21-23 KJV
Is our goal to protect the personal kingdoms we establish or to protect the glory of His Kingdom?