Dare 2B Daring - July 05, 2018
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“It is not, what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice, tell me I ought to do.” – Edmund Burke
Here is a good question to ask yourself, although I’m not so sure you will like the answers. I know I didn’t when I asked – and answered – the question myself.
“What would you do if you knew you could get away with it?”
Would you rob a bank, embezzle money from your company, or engage in “insider trading” in order to (illegally) make a boatload of money? Would you have an extramarital affair or do something equally immoral just to feed your flesh?
Man’s laws and God’s laws are there for a reason. They encourage good behavior and discourage – even punish – bad behavior. And yet, that still doesn’t stop criminals from breaking man’s law and sinners (and saints) from breaking God’s.
In I Corinthians 10:23, the Apostle Paul comes to grips with this question. “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.”
Remember, this is the same man who admitted in Romans 7:19 that “the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.” In other words, Paul knew what he was talking about.
Paul knew that he could get away with certain things, at least in this lifetime. But doing so wouldn’t glorify God, help him to grow spiritually, or conform him more into Christ’s image. And so, the best he could, Paul refrained from such questionable behavior.
My friend, let’s both try to follow Paul’s example. Meanwhile, I’ll pray for you and please, say a prayer or two for me.
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:1-4 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President