Sunday, February 10, 2013

Stupid Score Card

I don't like golf.  I'm not against it.  I just don't like it.  I hear that when you're serious about it, you keep score (another reason I don't like it).  You're given a score card to record your score per hole, and when you're finished, you add up your score, and you're given a prize or something.  Its odd.  Its just odd.

It is pretty remarkable how determined we are as Christians to satisfy the religious rules that the Bible refers to as the Law while we would never, in any circumstance, say we need to do the right things to win God’s approval (Would we?).  We may assert freely the power of grace, and grace alone, to save and deliver, but we fall back into doing what we think needs to be done to satisfy an angry God that taps his foot with a scowl of his face because we’re suppose to do so much better than we do. 

OK, before you click off this post (you can if you want), or comment that my previous musings are the reason why the church appears to be so compromising in this era, let me share what I found in that rather radical volume of teachings entitled Holy Bible.

Galatians 5:16-18 reads, “Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.  For what flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law.” 

What the Spirit of God does in and through us when we surrender to him is life giving and enhancing.  What the flesh does is selfish and greedy and compromises every relationship we have for the sake of greed and lust.  Paul writes elsewhere in the New Testament that the Law (Old Testament rules and regulations) exists merely to point out sin.  If we live in such a manner as to keep a score card – more rules kept than rules broken gets us in heaven to appease an angry, pissed off God – than Jesus died for nothing.  Sorry, Jesus died for everything! He died so we can not live to seek God’s favor, but to live from God’s favor.  He’s an outrageously good Daddy!

If you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law.  Living by the Spirit and producing fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22, 23) is truly living.  All the dos and don’ts are addressed.  All the law and the words of prophets in the Old Testament are summed up in loving God and loving your neighbor (Matthew 22: 37-40). 

If we’re led by the Spirit, we are not under the law.  Living and being led by the Holy Spirit will do all the doing we’re suppose to do in this world.  The Spirit of God will lead us as the Holy Spirit led Jesus.  His crucifixion and resurrection cleaned us up and, as we believe in what he’s done for us by dying in our place and then rising victoriously, the Spirit of God himself wants live in us freely and lead us powerfully.  This is the ultimate desire of God Almighty – to live in and through us as his children and to be just like his Son and bring heaven to earth.

See, God is love, and God wants his love to flow freely in and through us, and it happens when we’re more prone to seek the infilling of his Spirit rather than keeping a stupid score card.  Throw the stupid score card away, and usher the grotesque, 800 lb. primate out of your house.  GOD ISN’T ANGRY.  “Oh, yeah, he is!”  Oh, no, you’re wrong.  God sent his Son to die as a sinner in your place so that you can be just like Jesus in this world and bring heaven to earth.

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