Less Rules. More Jesus.

ess1477690062784.jpg

 

General Mills is coming out with an organic Twinkie. Isn’t that called a sponge?
~Jay Leno

We’ve begun to long for the pitter-patter of little feet, so we bought a dog. It’s cheaper, and you get more feet.
~Jerry Seinfeld

I was reading an article today, which said in 2015, The national federal register, which tracks both new regulations and explanations of regulations and public comments regarding regulations, numbered about 81,000 pages.

They did some math and concluded that 81,000 pages would be nearly as tall as a three-story building – and that's just for one year!
I suppose the good news is only 31% of those 81,000 pages were devoted to new regulations. Hallelujah, that means only 25,110 pages of new rules!
This caused me to do some thinking about our world.
We seem to be incurably drawn to laws and rule making.I officiate high school sports and every year we are given one to two pages of new rules for each sport.
We can't seem to help ourselves.
But it is not only a problem with secular culture… it has and continues to infect the church as well.
Paul spent a great deal of time dealing with this issue.
In Galatians 3, Paul writes, "Oh, foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you?… Let me ask you one question: did you receive the Holy Spirit from obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. how foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?". Or more plainly put by "writing more laws!"
Yet, when God first spoke to Charlton Heston – I mean Moses, on Mount Sinai, he gave him a mere 10 Commandments.
With no OfficeMax handy, the Lord wrote them out on a stone. Moses headed back down the mountain with his hefty memo only to discover the people were engaged in a large frat party.
He was so shocked to discover what they were doing he threw them to the ground angrily and destroyed the Sinai memo. Thankfully Gods warranty was still good so He chiseled out a new set of stone commands for Moses. However, these new ones came with a protective cover – the Ark of the covenant.
My point?
When people look at the Bible today, they often think of it is an imposing or impenetrable out-dated book. And just as often, they think of it as a rulebook.
If they would only pick it up and give it a chance, they would find it not to be a book of rules. Instead they'd find a book of love, compassion and forgiveness. A book where heaven touches earth and it connects with every Hope, hurt, sorrow and sin conceivable to mankind.
It is forever relevant! It is a book of life.
As we enter the Christmas season, we are reminded that God has no laws, no rules. He is not angry with us.... in fact quite the opposite. Through the birth and gift of His son Jesus, He shows us His overwhelming love and desire for us. He wants more than anything for us to quit trying to work and earn His love through rules and regulations.
He never placed that on us and just wants us to accept His Son Jesus- THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL!

Go Give Em Heaven!

I Love you all,
Pastor Scott