By Teresa Pollard
About three years ago, a vicious virus attacked my left eye, causing excruciating pain, which in turn literally caused cataracts to form in both my eyes overnight. Cataracts generally take years to form. I had worn glasses since I was six years old. Now the cataract surgery implanted the lenses in my eyes so that for the first time in my life, I was able to get up in the morning and see the world without glasses. I knew I’d still need reading glasses, but what I didn’t realize was that by choosing the distance vision lenses, that would take away what little close-up vision I did have.
Sometimes it seems to me that a vicious virus has also attacked our world today, and the people are walking around in a myopic fog. How else can we explain that we’re mindlessly committing genocide on our own future and don’t even seem to realize it? Proverbs tells us that “without vision, people perish.” 1 Peter 5:8 warns that Satan “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” It seems that today the blind are leading the blind right into his gaping mouth. And innocent babies are the sacrifice they bring with them.
But I’m getting off the subject. What is our vision today? Do we even have one? I don’t think so. We have a mandate from Christ to go to all the world and preach the gospel. That should be our vision. About seventy percent of Americans claim to be Christians. But if asked, a much smaller percentage of them admit to a belief in a literal heaven or hell. Only a tiny fraction have ever led anyone to Christ. So what do they believe in? Not the Christ of the Bible! It’s time true believers took out our scalpel, the Bible, and spoke the truth of God’s Word. The Holy Spirit will be the Surgeon if we do. Lives depend on it! The myopia of self must be lifted, and the corrective lenses of the Bible and the Holy Spirit must be implanted. Unlike man’s surgery, God’s doesn’t take away anything. The vision will be perfect. We’ll see ourselves as we truly are, and we’ll see our purpose in a fallen world. And we will also see a glorious vision of the future God has planned for us with Him forever. God bless.
Charity Wright is ashamed of who she is. She just found out she was born of a brutal rape. Now, everyone tells her that her biological father has changed. They say he’s a good man who only helps people. They say she must forgive him. But do people really change? Especially when they’ve done something so heinous? Is forgiveness even possible?
Before she can confront her father with his crime, she almost literally stumbles onto another crime. In the same place. Has the rapist also become a murderer? Can Charity discover the truth before the killer strikes again? Or will her fury destroy her?
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Teresa Pollard is from Richmond, Virginia, and was saved at a young age. She has a Master of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing from Hollins College, and has served as a Sunday School teacher and children’s worker for most of the last forty years. She is the co-author of Not Guilty and Not Ashamed (due July 7), and the author of Tokens of Promise and Woman of Light, (also due out from HopeSprings Books in October). Married for forty years, she was devastated by divorce and the death of her youngest daughter, but God has blessed her with a new home and another grandson, and she now resides in Dacula, Georgia. She blogs every Tuesday at http://teresatalkstaboo.wordpress.com. Follow her on Facebook at Teresa Pollard, Author.