Walk the talk

17 02 2011

Do you ever bend rules to suit yourself?

  • “It’s research” – work time spent on Facebook
  • “They won’t miss a few stamps” – that’s the Christmas cards sorted!
  • “Sorry, I can’t help I have an appointment” – with the TV

The religious leaders of Jesus’ day were sticklers for not bending rules.  In fact they wrote rules about rules about keeping rules.  Tradition and interpretation were as important as the original scriptures.  Jesus has a set-to about that in Mark’s gospel; in Luke chapter 6, the issue is the Sabbath.

The Sabbath was originally intended to give people the opportunity for spiritual, mental and physical re-creation.  It mirrored God’s rhythm of work and rest in Genesis; what was good for God was good for his people too.  (The early Christians moved their special day to Sunday in celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.) The religious leaders, especially the Pharisees, had built fences to protect the Law, but Jesus comes and leans his weight on the fences.  He doesn’t diss the people, he simply asks questions that make them sweat.

It’s all to do with integrity – do I walk the talk?  How do you feel about that?

How does God feel?

“These people honour me with their lips,
      but their hearts are far from me.”
(Jesus quoting Isaiah 29:13)

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