Safe Boundaries: Why the Church is Out of Bounds.
Safe Boundaries: Playing with Strange Fire
“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”
1 Corinthians 10:13
“Safe Boundaries” appears to be the safe verbiage of compromise allowing Christians to dabble near the edge of temptation—without totally jumping into the fire.
Safe Boundaries, established by: “Guess Who?”; allow the church to be in the world and the world to be in the church, –but, “safely.”
A vivid example of the application is the “safe boundaries” parents are attempting to establish regarding the use of technology by their children.
Consider the young males and video gaming. Evidence clearly demonstrates the truth that video gaming for young males is an addiction like pornography. Most video games targeting males, offer a buffet of stimulating, fast paced, violence, conquest, and yes, pornography.
Young males feasting on video gaming become adult males continuing the neurochemical addictions nurtured via video gaming and pornography.
The human neurosystem is shaped by what humans see, do, and focus upon. Memory is embedded more deeply when associated with emotions; fear being the most successful in embedding memory and physical response.
Whatever a person sees and does becomes part of that person, and influences how that person will respond in the future.
Video gaming acts upon the limbic areas of the brain. Video gaming affects nearly all areas of the brain by embedding visual images, and creating dendritic connections for motor movement to carry out these actions.
Video gaming integrates the visual, auditory, tactile, proprioceptive, vestibular, olfactory, fear, memory, emotional, and motor centers of the brain. Video gaming drowns the senses and integrates nearly all sensory, emotional, and motor areas of the human neural system. The act of repetitive physical movement, engaging the cerebellum, embeds these movements as reflexive, and the more they are performed, greater amounts of myelination occurs which speeds conduction ie. Reflexive Performance.
Video gaming, of this cadre, does not develop higher-level cortical thinking. It is limbic: fight, flight and fright, survival engaging the limbic system, and lower levels of the brain.
Video gaming is about challenge, and conquest. It is not about safe boundaries. The result (and one might suggest the intent) of video gaming on the brain is to create a “need” for more video gaming and the neurotransmitters it produces in the body. Addiction.
Video gaming results in the heightened production of excitatory neurotransmitters such as: adrenalin, cortisol, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Dopamine is vital for thinking and smooth body movements, but when Dopamine is present in relatively high concentrations, Dopamine results in Aggression; precisely the goal of fast paced, violent, pursuit- and-conquer gaming.
The term “safe boundaries” may aptly be applied to the fence in the playground, or the safe boundaries parents construct regarding manners, respect, diet, exercise, and bedtime.
But, applying the term: “Safe Boundaries” to media and technology that clearly lead to paths of neurochemical addiction, is naïve at best, and a misconception with fatal results for many.
Where does one set “Safe Boundaries” regarding Alcohol consumption for children? Or safe boundaries for pornography;
Or safe boundaries for profanity;
Or safe boundaries for sex (oh yes, public schools, and the federal government do that, right? Note the results),
Or safe boundaries for adultery, sodomy, gender exploration;
Or safe boundaries for abortion;
Or safe boundaries for recreational drug use;
Or safe boundaries for lying, cheating, stealing to get the grade on the test?
“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
Surely I have a delightful inheritance.”
When the church left the safe boundaries of Biblical moralityin exchange for man’s “consensus morality”, the church also left the boundaries of the promised land of God’s blessings and became “the world.”
“Do not conform any more to the patterns of the world,
But be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good pleasing and perfect will.”
The church that is afraid to flee and separate from the temptations becomes the church whose children are in mass exodus crossing the “safe boundaries” without moving a muscle.
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.
God is faithful….when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out.”
I Corinthians 10:13
Deuteronomy 28: Blessings for Obedience and Curses for Disobedience. God sets the boundary lines. And man has crossed them. Recognize the compromises and the cost in establishing “safe boundaries” that edge up to the strange fires of today’s technology; flames travel fast and consume.
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
I Peter 5:8