Jan. 2, 2022
Sin. That’s the problem with free will, isn’t it? Like posted speed limits – most folks consider them ‘suggestions’ and decide for themselves just how fast or slow they will drive. But if you’re caught speeding, there’s a price to pay because there are traffic laws. The Ten Commandments are our Laws. Everything that Jesus taught was Law (Matt 5: 17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.)
Like the rich young man, we think to ourselves that we haven’t transgressed any of the 10 Commandments (St. Mark 10: 19Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 20And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.) but think about your tongue …
We have sports teams we love and teams we hate; we have politicians we love and ones we hate; we have fellow travelers on highways that we love and those we hate but it’s that ‘hate’ part we need to be careful of. The things we say about those we hate. Foul language; it used to be that folks would, at the very least, lower their voices if they were going to cuss; or, folks would tamp down what they said if they were in the presence of older folks in a show of respect (boy! those days are long gone, aren’t they?) Keep this mind – St. Matthew 15: 11Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. And, of course, there’s this – St. Matthew 5: 22But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
How are we feeling about being sin-free now? Hmmm.