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Rules Are FOR People

Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

800px-Tug-of-war-ScotlandI hope you enjoyed yesterday’s Blind Spot segment “Pay Attention” as much as I did.

We all have blind spots in our life; misguided thinking, bad decisions and the like. Often times other people can see our blind spots but we either ignore, deny, or dismiss them.

Yesterday I met with an inquisitive young man. He’s smart and thoughtful. He’s learned, but seeking knowledge.

While we talked I heard his faith-tensions. How can this be true? How can that be true? How can this and that both be true? I love that he felt safe to ask his questions, and safe to reconsider his previous opinions in light of new information.

It’s important for all of us to keep growing and learning. Unfortunately, sometimes we think and act like we have it all figured out.

Blind Spots: What More Important, Rule-Keeping Or Relationships?

Pharisees were well-educated Jewish scholars. They were trained to be thoughtful, analytical and truthful. In their quest of for truth Pharisees spent a great deal of time debating the nuances of rules and culture.

Unfortunately, in their quest to live life the “right way” and lead people in the “right way,” they went astray.

Over and over Jesus Christ and the Pharisees discussed the nuances of the rules they ascribed to and how often they would have blind spots in their rule-keeping.

Matthew tells the story of one of those conversations. “Jesus went over to their synagogue, where he noticed a man with a deformed hand. The Pharisees asked Jesus, “Does the law permit a person to work by healing on the Sabbath?” (They were hoping he would say yes, so they could bring charges against him.)

And he answered, “If you had a sheep that fell into a well on the Sabbath, wouldn’t you work to pull it out? Of course you would. And how much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Yes, the law permits a person to do good on the Sabbath.”

Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored, just like the other one!” 1

What more important rule-keeping or relationships? People.

Rules are FOR people.

At TreeHouse we value building a community. Therefore, teens cannot talk on their phone once programming begins. But, when a teen jumps up with his phone in hand looks my way and silently says, “It’s my mom” it’s not a problem. Rules are FOR people.

Sexual restraint among unmarried people is a high value in many families. That said, I love when parents rally around teens with an unplanned pregnancy. Yes, mistakes might have been made, but let’s not make another one. Love that couple. Love that baby! The deed is done. Re-educate and move forward. Rules are FOR people.

Caution!

We live in a reckless, rule-ignoring, freedom-focused society. Far too often in our quest for freedom we create a new blind spot. This post is not about that!

That’s for Monday. Join us!

1 – Matthew 12:9-13, NLT

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