A Re-“vision” of Proverbs 29:18 – Theologically Driven

A Re-“vision” of Proverbs 29:18

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by Bob McCabe

In the early years of my Christian experience, I heard some messages on Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (KJV; NASB also uses “vision”). The gist of these sermons was that effective Christian leaders have visions, the ability to set goals for the future, that result in church growth or some other facet of ministry. If the goals are not followed, “people perish” in the sense that a ministry will become stagnant and irrelevant. In other contexts, people perish in the sense that they lose their sense of vitality. Hybels maintains that without the vision of Proverbs 29:18 people “can’t focus, can’t reach their goal, can’t follow their dream…. I’ve seen it with my own eyes—without vision, people lose the vitality that makes them feel alive” (Courageous Leadership [2002], 31). This vision is a “clear call that sustains focused effort year after year, decade after decade, as people offer consistent and sacrificial service to God” (ibid.). This concept of vision may also be referred to as “vision casting” (“The Art of Vision Casting for Church Multiplication”). Casting refers to empowering one’s followers to embrace and to bring a vision to fruition (“How to Develop and Cast your Vision”). Vision casting is often connected to Proverbs 29:18 (see “Vision Casting & Vision Catching”). A Christian leader’s goals are given a biblical basis by using this verse. I am convinced that this is an illegitimate understanding of this verse for three reasons[more]

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