Do We Make Obedience Something Jesus Doesn’t Intend?

A group of skeptical faces inspired today’s word-of-the-week…

PRINCIPLES

“Jesus doesn’t care about rules.”

I could see the skepticism…another anything-goes liberal. When you’re speaking to a group, a controversial statement is a good way to galvanize attention, but you’d better be prepared to follow up with revolution prevention material.

What do you think? Does Jesus care about rules?

Rules are part of a game. They’re man-made, they’re arbitrary, they’re situational, and they change.

None of those describes anything about Jesus. He talked about simple, timeless principles and condemned the “religious experts” whose sole concern was obedience to man-made rules.

Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them. (Luke 11:46)

The problem, of course, is that we all create rules in circumstances that matter a lot to us. We usually do this with the best intentions, but a rule, once created, often becomes more important than individuals. Entire layers develop devoted strictly to enforce the rules, often simply because they’re the rules.

This week I suggest that we consider Jesus’ way… principles rather than rules.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Could it be that we make obedience something He doesn’t intend?

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