Wall has many of meanings, but chiefly its an enclosure for protection or defense. I look at a wall as boundaries, and if you have boundaries, you care about what’s inside.
We all have some kind of boundaries, even if we say we don’t. We’re free within our own four walls and locks on our doors. We’re so free that we leave our windows and doors wide open. I assume that is what heaven would be like: evil and fear only a stepping stone in the past because of the blood of Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, we can’t see a world without boundaries because we have others that hate and even want to kill people that are different than them. With drugs and the sex trade as big business, they’re not thinking of our best interests, only our wallets. I have to wonder if someone says they’re protecting human rights but lets a fetus journey to the gallows; do they really care about human life or just the idea of it? It wasn’t that long ago that some people were trying to make “the case that black people did not have souls,” “And the beings that did not have souls were beasts.” The Indians were called savages. It’s something that they have been called a different name, and even now we call a baby by a different name! We the people — does it really mean all people? From all walks of life? From the womb to the grave? To me yes, we all bleed red. But what we bleed for is a different story. If someone is reckless, they’re going to do things that are reckless; they won’t like or appreciate the boundaries that are set. Like kids in a room, respect my stuff, if not go to your own room.
“We can’t be so open-minded that our brains fall out,” G.K. Chesterton said. It’s safe to say, that when anyone comes over to our home, we would like them to use the front door and even to knock on that door and wait till we answer before they came in. It would be a little fear racking if they were recklessly trying to come through the window! I’ve found out that when people are trying to do right, they have no problems trying to do it the right way, but being reckless seemingly carries the implications of carelessness. Safety doesn’t happen by accident; you have to make boundaries and walls for protection, but we can’t forget to have a bridge for people to come over safely. For the best safety is the fear of the Lord. “Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.” Proverbs 25:28 It’s easy to see that the biggest walls that we build are in our hearts and Jesus is there saying in Revelation 3:19-22 “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
The writer is a husband, father, preacher, writer, artist, musician and songwriter. Ben and his wife, Missy, reside with their three sons in St. Marys.