Regular nibbles from the Bible. . .come for a bite, leave with an appetite

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight. (Psalm 19:14, MSG)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

RUBBERY LIVES (Matthew 12)

I prefer a flexible heart to an inflexible ritual.  (Matthew 12:7 Message)

As a child enduring abuse, I clung to the restrictions of a legalistic church. They taught that a Christian could lose her salvation. I avoided that scary possibility by following the list of “don’ts”:
·         smoke
·         drink
·         dance
·         cuss
·         have sex outside of marriage
·         go to movies
·         wear short skirts or jeans

The perfectionism I strove to achieve brought no joy. Over time, God taught me that I was not only “dead to sin” but also “alive in Christ.” My understanding of the Christian life shifted, to one inspired by my relationship with a Holy God and His love for me.

I still clung to the idea of a “perfect” theology, however. After Bible college and seminary, I substituted a system of theology for a list of rules.  Christians disagreed on a few peripherals, such as the timing of baptism, the millennium question, and so on.  I did not anticipate disagreements over things like. . .
·         the Trinity
·         salvation vs. conversion
·         The origin of sin

Our differences came up at an ecumenical Bible study at work, with people as dedicated to a right understanding the Bible, as I was. I was flummoxed.

Now I live in a nursing home with people from several denominations, including one I label a “cult.” One of their members clings to one central truth: Jesus loves me, this I know; and He is my Savior.

I am not ready to give that “cult” a free pass—but I know that lady will be in heaven when she dies.

A flexible heart to accept those of different lifestyles and doctrines—asking God to show us which hearts are true to Him.

The longer I live, the more rubbery I get.

1 comment:

  1. So long as they believe a few key points they are christian
    There are lots of denoms and beliefs
    God bless you