Pit of Vipers

I wrote this shortly after Corey died

When I was a child technology had only gotten as far as two paddle controllers that would ricochet a small white ball in between to white lines. This was the greatest new thing called,"Pong." The only vipers I had to worry about was the taunts of the neighborhood bully. Of course my sister Jo would make short work of him.

But now in this age of the ever faster computer and Internet, Satan's vipers have gone high-tech. The perfect example is the discussion forum that started after an article that detailed the night Corey died was published. There is no need for you to search it out. Keep yourself safe from the viper's venom. There were many mistakes in the article and by the time the reporter changed them the damage was already done.

Just like the serpent in the Garden of Eden, these vipers were crafty. Changing their questions in such a way to get a different answer. That is when they pounce spewing their venom. Gail stopped walking through the pit when it was just a couple of vipers. I too had stopped walking through the pit.

But I must admit I would stand on the edge and watch as they would spread their venom amongst themselves. Little did I know that standing by the side that I too would be affected. There was a viper who talked of peace and just wanted to know the whole story. He led me further and further into the pit with each passing question. Leading me to the center of the pit where I was swiftly blindsided.

His' craftiness matched that of Eden's serpent. Naivety led me to believe I could pluck out a viper and lead it down the path of righteousness. Instead I only became angry. Frustrated that my faith and beliefs couldn't keep me safe from crawling through the dirt. In reality leading a viper out of the pit isn't our job, but God's. We were never meant to take on the vipers of this world.

At least not by ourselves. God even warns us of associating with carnal man for we may fall and become like them. So what are we to do when the vipers return? Simply put, RUN! God himself says He gives us an escape. Be it the will to walk away from the computer. The strength to hold your tongue and not respond to the hiss of the viper, or if by chance that we have to face the viper. Knowing that we are not alone in the fight. As I gain more and more strength to stay away from the pit I notice that the vipers have begun to consume each other.

Some insist that Gail and I still tread through the pit and spew for that reason alone. Which is why they are to be avoided, they are spreading their poison everywhere. Even to those that share their views.

Psalm 140
1 Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men; protect me from men of violence, 2 who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day. 3 They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent's; the poison of vipers is on their lips. Selah 4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from men of violence who plan to trip my feet. 5 Proud men have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path. Selah 6 O Lord, I say to you, "You are my God." Hear, O Lord, my cry for mercy. 7 O Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, who shields my head in the day of battle-- 8 do not grant the wicked their desires, O Lord; do not let their plans succeed, or they will become proud. Selah 9 Let the heads of those who surround me be covered with the trouble their lips have caused. 10 Let burning coals fall upon them; may they be thrown into the fire, into miry pits, never to rise. 11 Let slanderers not be established in the land; may disaster hunt down men of violence. 12 I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy. 13 Surely the righteous will praise your name and the upright will live before you. So beware the evils of this land for it is everywhere. Let us turn to God for his protection and strength. For we can do nothing when we are apart from God. If we are apart from God the Vipers will surely consume us.

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