Saturday, July 18, 2009

Exceptional Grace

Remember in school when you learned all the rules. Do you also remember that there are exceptions to rules; like -i before -e except after -c.?

Leviticus, the third book of the Old Testament, contains the laws; including dietary restrictions and rituals of worship, as well as details of ritual cleanliness. Many fundamentalist, people who believe in a strict adherence to the Bible, follow these laws. They live by the rules. Now, that sounds like a very reasonable thing to do; but is really?

In Acts 10: 9-16 Peter is told in a vision to not call anything impure that God has made clean. Now understand that Peter lived by the rules of only eating food that has been cleaned according to the law and now he is being told to eat this food that God has made clean. The story continues in verses 17-28 when Peter is ask to go to a Gentile's house. Jews viewed Gentiles as unclean . For Paul to enter Cornelius home he was saying the he would not call any man impure. Paul was living by the exception to the rules.

The choice is the same for us. Will we be bound by the rules of being friends with people who believe just as we do or will we be more interested in the exceptions. It is not always easy to lay down those rules that we have spent a life time following, but isn't that exactly what God is asking us to do?

I have to believe that God is up to something, and that I should ere on the side of grace. So ask yourself; are you the type of person that lives by the rules? Or are you the type that lives by the exceptions?


Anonymous said...

Very strange, I woke up obsessing over a conversation that I had wth a homeschool mentor mom friend of mine. The other day she was telling me about a lady that teaches with her daughter and said..."she goes to First Baptist but is not there on most Sunday's, she is not a devoted Christian". A devoted Christian must be at church every time the doors are open??? That is devotion to an institution, not God. That is living under the Law, not Grace. Plus, she would probably be shocked to know that some of her "devoted Christian" friends that go to church every Sunday and Wednesday night at First Baptist also are stocking up at the liquor store on Friday's, not honest in business dealings, etc, against all her Baptist values.

I, for one, am thankful for His grace in my life.

Julie said...

I thought this message was one of Eddie's better ones. My issue is my head wanting to believe that God is up to something but my heart insisting on plotting imaginary revenge on my enemies. I suppose I'll get there some day...

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” mahatma gandhi