Back on February 14, I wrote about sin served three ways, and the provision God made for deliberate, willful rebellion against God.
So today when I read that a person who sins defiantly must be kicked out of the community. Ostracized. Excommunicated, although that word isn't used. I was surprised.
Perhaps it's a matter of continuing in willful rebellion, choosing a different lifestyle than the one God gives in the law.
In fact, the instructions reminded me of rules for parolees from jail: Don't associate with former friends and criminals. Stay away from them. As God told the Israelites, remove them from your vicinity.
Are there people who tempt me to sin? Should I stay away from them? Do I need to use a rubber band to train my thoughts away from a sinful path? How about posting a Bible verse during the day? A necklace with a religious symbol? What are visual clues I can give myself to remain in God's will?
Let's join God's sin-stopper program, and accept His forgiveness when we fail.