Vanity Boulevard 

There are times I’m tempted to put the pen down and put the computer away. “Why bother having a blog?” I wonder. After all, readers are few. Understand, it’s not about having a “following,” but about warning others of the clear dangers the Bible warns us of, with the evidence all around, only to have persons dismiss them. In the words of Isaiah, “Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” (Isa. 53:1). How many times, despite the articles of encouragement, persons will write to say how “depressing” my writings are. Such persons fail to understand that warnings are not meant to be entertaining—but to warn!

Jesus says,

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. ~ Matthew 7:13-14

Ah, but the narrow road is boring, they say. An old dirt road with ruts and potholes in the middle of nowhere. But Vanity Boulevard, on the other hand, is where the action is! Like a street in Las Vegas, it’s full of people, lights, activity, and excitement! How does a preacher’s invitation to travel on the narrow compare to all this?

Sadly, some have moved their booths to the boulevard, incorporating its lights, ideologies, noise, and excitement—thinking this pleases the Master. Many who proclaim to be His have forgotten about old path.

And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. ~ Isaiah 35:8-9

As exciting as Vanity Boulevard may appear, its glory is but an illusion, its pleasures are but a vapor, and those who travel it merely travel to their own peril and deaths. The Way of Holiness, which requires kneeling at the Cross and is, at times, quite difficult, leads to genuine life, peace, joy, love—all realities of the Kingdom of God.

Indeed, my readers are few. There are other writings and videos far more exciting and ear-scratching. Sometimes even I wonder why I even bother. I’m sometimes reminded of a line in U2’s “One Tree Hill” where it says, “Where poets speak their hearts then bleed for it.”

So then, why do I continue to write? I suppose, similar to Jeremiah’s experience,

If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot. ~ Jeremiah 20:9

When all boils down, each of us must make the choice which path we will travel, and we will find that we cannot truly change the rules God has established and decreed. But may it never be said from my accusers of me, “Why didn’t you say anything? Why didn’t you warn us?”