No Boundaries – Hearts Gone Wild
In a world where Reality TV, YouTube, tabloid talk shows, and selfies have become the norm, have we lost the sense of personal confidentiality? Is everything supposed to be revealed for all to see and judge? Does no one have the right to privacy anymore? Even if popular culture requires it, it’s not their due.
Everything that at one time was deemed as personal is now seen as offensive if withheld. By refusing to expose your self to the world, people become suspicious of you and accuse you of all things sordid. If you maintain a common standard of dignity, you obviously have something to hide. The rule of decency has been turned on its head. Personal boundaries, which once maintained our self-respect, now are seen as an affront to the rights of humanity, a humanity who claims the right to know all our business. What a time to be alive – and human!
My Holy of Holies
I would like to look at the Temple of God, our personal boundaries, and this state of exhibitionism. The connection is this: we’re each built personally like His Temple. We have three parts: a public area, a private space, and my holy of holies – or Body, Soul, and Spirit. I have to maintain the boundaries of my holy of holies just like God maintained His boundaries in His Holy Temple.
The Temple of God wasn’t a thoroughfare for every passerby and nor should it have been. Neither should my life be a living exposé nor fodder for the curious. The demand on any of us, by anyone not in our inner core, to have free rights of access is not valid. Their sense of entitlement gives them no rights to know. I and I alone have the rights of entrance to my temple. As with God’s Temple, no one was entitled to entrance just because they felt they were due.
Only the high priest entered God’s Holy of Holies. Only the Levitical priests entered the inner court. The Gentile was permitted only in the outer court. We too are set up like this. The public sees my external life. My friends see my emotions, hear my thoughts, and witness my choices. But only God and those I choose are allowed into my heart—in the depths of my person.
Right of Exposure & Boundaries
It has become so politically correct to have nothing sacred that nothing is special either. Everything is opened wide for all to view, gawk at, and judge. It’s a disrespect of ourselves and when we disrespect ourselves, we will disrespect others.
Even though it has become politically correct, I have no obligation to reveal what is for God and I alone, or for me and my trusted friends and family.
While I was writing this, I kept thinking of Jennifer’s post, “Do I Walk in the Light?” In it she has amazing revelation about truth versus indiscretion. Here is one quote:
“I struggle because I am un-learning the belief that truth and discretion are incompatible. It is not lying to be discreet. If the Spirit doesn’t give me leave to tell something, then I am not to tell it. Likewise, indiscretion is not the same thing as telling the truth.”
As I explored this topic, I realized that what we’re accused of in not giving the right of full disclosure to every passerby is lying. Discretion is seen as lies!
What I’m learning is the right of access to my deep inner core is first and foremost God’s place. He’s the one to whom I will ultimately answer; it is to Him I am obligated. And as I dwell with Him there in truth, He makes me stable and fixed because I am hidden in Him. There He knows me!
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].
Ps 91:1 AMP
On this blog we let you into our process because the Lord Himself has called us to share with you the fruits of our lives as disciples. Often we fly close to the heart, giving you a deep glance. But this is possible only because our boundaries are in place with Him. We’re stable and fixed, hidden even in our revealing. If we were just exposing ourselves without our inner core intact, this blog would be nothing more than a Jerry Springer Show.
So when the world has gone mad and everyone is either an acting exhibitionist or voyeur, know this – it’s not actually normal to be a thoroughfare. Your heart is sacred not secular. I owe no one anything God Himself doesn’t choose to reveal. I have a secret place. My secret place is my dwelling in the Most High. There I’m obligated to Him and to those He wills to invite into my holy of holies—my private garden.