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Legalism….Why???

Posted on: June 12, 2009

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Last week the girls and I vacationed in the Washington, DC area, and were able to get in a few hours at the Smithsonian. As an added bonus we got to see the new Night in the Museum movie at the Air and Space Museum. What a treat! However, this week the series of museums were in the news when a shooter went into the Holocaust Museum with a gun and killed a guard. It was his hatred and feeling of superiority that led him there.

As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I’m quite familiar with that type of attitude. In 1964, when I was ten, we moved into the heart of the KKK. In an effort to recruit my father (futile effort), he was made privy to physical acts of violence against African Americans in that year and place. The men who did this had hearts that were warped in a superiority-type of hatred for another group of people.

Amid all this with the shooter and the reminder of modern-day hate crimes, I’ve become increasingly concerned about the issues around legalism. This problem occurs when we believe we’re superior. We might not be shooters or even have an active “soap box,” but I challenge my fellow conservatives to step back and look at our actions….in a way that we make sure we’re never guilty of this aire of superiority.

One story that my oldest daughter told me was about a girl who had been active in church, then got a new boyfriend and eventually moved in with him. Now she isn’t permitted in church. What???? What’s this Body of Believers thinking? Is the church a social club for the “good people”–oh yes, good people, I guess that never sin.

Sin is more than just the outward and obvious. It is all about the heart. Remember the Pharisees…they did everything right according to the Law. However, Jesus wasn’t impressed with their pure actions, and said their hearts were sinful–just as sinful as those men in Fosters, AL in 1964. As conservatives we somehow tend to overlook the heart-based sins and instead point fingers at those who are in a “sin” that we can see with our eyes.

Therefore, my conservative friends, please examine your heart. When you judge by the length of a person’s hair, skirt, relationships, or the type of praise music and style of worshiping the Lord, etc. you are judging by externals. Turn and allow the Lord to move within you to more understanding, an act of grace, or examine your own heart for the personal issues you need to address.

You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. Gal. 5:13-15.

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