BUFF SCOTT, JR.
”T h e D r e a m e r”
How may we identify “The Dreamer”? Isn’t he the one whose goals are never reached? Isn’t he the one who is always drawing up plans that never materialize? Isn’t he the one who frequently verbalizes “tall tales” about his future but nothing constructive ever derives from them? Isn’t he the one whose voice can be heard above all others? Isn’t he the one who speaks of “strategy” and devises agendas without weighing the cost? Isn’t he the one who “tosses his money to the wind”?
Yes, this is “The Dreamer.”
He can be found in every walk of life. His specialty is “chewing the cud” and drawing everyone toward his visions. He is soothed and elated when ears are turned in his direction. He dreams by day but sleeps soundly at night. He is more of a day-dreamer than a night-dreamer. His expectations and goals are many. Rarely do any of his plans reach a state of fruition. His fantasies are high, but his ability to translate them into tangible substance is low. King Solomon
nailed it: “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come upon you like a vagrant and scarcity like a beggar” [Prov. 6:6-11].
Jude, the Lord’s servant, speaks of another kind of dreamer. He’s the real bad kind—the kind you might find promoting Godless evolution, espousing same-sex marriage, or speaking disrespectfully of celestial beings. He has an atheistic background. Here is how Jude describes him: “Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and slander celestial beings...like unreasoning animals, these are the very things that destroy them” [Jude 8-10].
Not all dreamers are bad. Many are responsible and constructive dreamers. They make things happen. Dreams, coupled with wisdom and foresight, can achieve goals. Jacob, God’s servant, rested his head on a stone after a hard day of traveling and dreamt of a ladder “with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it” [Gen. 28:10-22]
. Jacob was a creative dreamer, and God used him in a big way.
Joseph, the son of Jacob, was a dreamer. His envious brothers said of him, “Here comes that dreamer” [Gen. 37:19]
. They plotted to kill him but instead sold him to a caravan for twenty shekels. They carried him into Egypt where he became Pharaoh’s top aide. Joseph not only dreamed productively, but he also became an interpreter of dreams.
Other realistic dreamers could be cited. Jesus was a prophetic dreamer—the greatest that ever walked the earth. His dreams [prophecies] always found fulfillment.
There are many prophetic dreamers who falsely foretell future events and who issue spurious dispatches. They seem to have access to a lot of “inside heavenly data” not available to the average person. The Lord doesn’t like these kinds of dreamers. He warned His listeners, “You are not to listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer of dreams” [Deut. 13:3-5]
. Under Moses, death was the punishment for such dreamers.
Within the Christian community today can be found “dreamer prophets” who exploit heaven’s ways to their own financial advantage. They “sucker in” gullible believers for every possible dollar. They can be found splattered all over TV and the Internet. Hal Lindsey and Grant Jeffrey are two examples. When the Y2K was approaching twenty years ago, they prophesied a catastrophe. Nothing happened. These “dreamer prophets,” and others like them, got rich by hustling gullible believers.
Then there are reckless dreamers. They are “men of the cloth”—the professional clergy. They’re always dreaming of “widening the borders of the Kingdom”—which, in principle, means increasing the size of their religious parties. They pursue their dreams by persuading their flocks to underwrite more and more church structures or by “building onto our current ‘house of the Lord.’ ” These dreamers are promoters of church edifices, an entity that was not part of the early Christian movement. It was the great apostle Paul who announced: “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples [or church edifices] built by man’s hands” [Acts 17:24]
Paul spoke these words after becoming distressed when he saw that Athens was swimming in idolatry—“full of idols” [v. 16]
. I have no doubt but that if he were to pass our way today, he would become distressed all over again because of our church idols.
Satan is at his zenith when 85 percent of our “church contributions” is squandered on church structures and other materialistic projects and programs and only 15 percent is spent on evangelism and to alleviate the needs of the destitute. Shame on us!
My dreaming days are over insofar as contributing one more dime to construct and maintain another church idol.
May all of our dreams be constructive.