Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 7-10
Today’s Reflection: Jeremiah 8:8
“How can you say, ‘We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us’? But behold, the lying pen of the scribes has made it into a lie.
A Florida pastor holds “Burn a Koran day” on the anniversary of September 11. An Ohio church picketed a local strip club every week for 4 years, even going so far as to note and publish the licence plate numbers of cars in the parking lot. The Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas is known for staging protests at the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for speaking against the gay agenda with “God hates fags” placards.
Those examples were pretty extreme, but even mainstream Evangelical Christians work to elect people to office and lobby to change laws to reflect their values and agendas, send their children to summer camps where they learn to try to convert non-Christians and to organize protests at gay pride parades and abortion clinics and coordinate letter writing and e-mail campaigns against TV shows, musicians and artists with violent or sexually explicit content.
The things God considers to be sinful are clearly outlined in scripture:
Galatians 5:19-21 – 19) Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20) idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21) envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the way Godly people address sin is also clearly outlined in scripture. How often do we read in the Gospels about Jesus setting up protests against sinful behaviour, trying to get people into political office, change laws, trying to embarrass people by calling out their sins or indulging in hateful speech or name calling? That would be never. Not once.
So why do we see so many well intentioned, sure, certain they are right Christians doing so many things that are so un-Christ-like? In all of this descriptive behaviour against sin we can clearly see one commonality—no love or concern. There is judgment and condemnation, but no attempt to reach the sinner. The Bible teaches us that the heart of the law is love. Galatians 5:14 says: For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” So if these Evangelical Christians are not concerned with loving their neighbors, what are they concerned with?
Being right, being the chosen ones, being certain they are the only ones with the answers for the problems of the world. Being confident of their wisdom and that God is with them. And being sure of all this in their own eyes.
Pride is what transforms God’s law into man’s lie.