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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Think About It

Are You Living Right?

How do you answer that question? What’s the standard that you use to measure living right by? How does one know what is right and what is wrong? Some might say that living right is living right by one’s own values and beliefs. But what if you’re a thief or some other type of criminal? Would your value system be different than one who is not a thief or criminal?

Some of my work is with the police, and I can tell you that they arrest people who are not living right by the laws of our society. Some of the characters that they deal with have moral and ethical codes that the rest of us would shudder at, and yet to the criminal, they may feel that they are living right. So what does living right look like? You may not like my answer.

I believe that living right is summed up in the simple command of Jesus, “Love God with all your heart, mind and soul, and your neighbor as yourself”, (Mark 12:30-31). Seems simple doesn’t it? Then why do we have such a hard time doing it? Is it because we’ve tacked on a bunch of do’s and do not’s? Have we become so blinded that we have become like the Pharisees and Sadducees of the New Testament who prided themselves in the keeping of the Law that they missed the whole point? (Love God, love your neighbor).

In the Book of Revelation there are messages to churches. One of these is the Laodicea church. This church is described as being neither hot nor cold, but rather lukewarm, (Revelation 3:15-19). In other words they were wishy-washy. Probably like many of us today, their actions were directed by whatever worked in the moment. They didn’t take a stand for anything unless it worked for them. Sound familiar? Ultimately God was saying to them to take a standard one way or the other, but pick one. He will work with your no or yes, but not your maybe. Think about it.

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