One of the most dangerous things that can happen in armed conflict is the possibility of crossfire. As a threat level increases so will the potential for tunnel vision. When our natural abilities are focused on a threat, we blur out other things in our field of vision to focus our effort on the resolution of the danger. It is a survival tactic, but one that requires training to overcome so that our actions do not create negative outcomes.
Crossfire happens when team members, under the influence of stress-induced tunnel vision, put themselves in the line of fire of fellow teammates. Under the influence of tunnel vision, they step into a place of jeopardy as they address a threat losing awareness of their team members’ position.
For those of us who profess to follow the Lord, we can become so focused on certain issues that we forget the principles of crossfire. Fellow believers can take unnecessary hits in our passion to rectify a wrong when we fire off our opinion with only the sight picture of our limited insight. These hasty discharges take place without considering who and what our opinion will impact. Spiritual tunnel vision can cause fellow believers to take hits that were intended for whatever enemy we perceived as the latest threat.
Before we fire off our next comment, we would be wise to allow the Spirit to expand our vision to see who might be standing in our line of fire. It would be a sad thing to discover that our need to express an opinion produced death, not life.