September 13, 2011 • By Ed Wrather
The house of the wicked will be overthrown, but the tent of the upright will flourish. There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. – Proverbs 14:11-12 NKJV.
For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish. – Psalm 1:6 NKJV.
Rayna Garrett had a frightening experience in Kansas City when a man with a gun suddenly jumped onto the hood of her car. The man, 26-year-old Dionette L. Price, demanded that Rayna, “drive!” “Drive, or I will blow your head off.” So, that's what Rayna did; she drove. She sped up, trying to make the man fall off, but it didn't work. She kept driving for two miles to a Kansas City police station, where she honked her horn, and finally rammed a door to gain their attention. All during this time Dionette was threatening to kill Rayna. After Rayna rammed the door, Dionette fled from the police station. He was arrested a short time later at a bus stop without any problems. Dionette now faces charges of unlawful use of a weapon and felonious restraint. (Reuters 09.08.11)
Did Dionette believe that he was doing the right thing when he stepped in front of Rayna's car, forcing her to slow down? Did he believe that he was doing the right thing, when he threatened Ryana with death? Why would anyone do something like that? The most likely answer would be that the man has some mental issues or was high on some kind of substance. It may be that somehow, this man believed that what he was doing was the right thing to do. If this were the situation, you might say that the man was delusional. Dictionary dot com gives these definitions for delusional: “maintaining fixed false beliefs even when confronted with facts,” and “having false or unrealistic beliefs or opinions.”
Spiritually, there are a whole lot of delusional people in this world and they think they are on the right path with their lives. Most of them don't appear to be crazy like Dionette and appear to be fairly “normal.” These delusional people live their lives as if there is no God. They live their lives as though this world is all there is, and that they will never face death. They are delusional. They are delusional, because they know that people grow old and die. They are delusional, because people become sick and die, or have an accident and die. They know this to be true, because they have seen it happen to people that they personally know. The Bible tells us this will happen, “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).” We will all die a physical death unless we are believers, and our Lord comes back first.
There is a way that seems right to people, and that way does not include God, and that way does not include any thoughts about what will happen after death. The reason it seems right to them is because they are delusional. Why are they delusional? We are told this in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4a, “...if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded....” 2 Corinthians 4:6 then says, “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” We who know Jesus as our Savior were at one time blind, delusional, and walking in darkness. That was our condition, until the glory of God through Jesus gave light to our lives.
The only hope for the spiritually delusional of this world is Jesus Christ. Let us share Jesus with them, and their blindness will be removed. Let us share Jesus with them, and they will no longer be delusional. Let us share Jesus with them, and they will find the right path for their lives. Give them Jesus!