“Speed Limit?”

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My brothers and sisters, if anyone wanders away from the truth and someone helps that person come back, remember this: Anyone who brings a sinner back from the wrong way will save that person from eternal death and cause many sins to be forgiven. (James 5:19-20 ERV)

So much dialog in my head and on my heart, yet nowhere to begin. Time to write but overwhelmed by words longing for release. Will I anger someone? Insult someone? Hurt someone? More than likely. Will I be misunderstood? I feel sure of that.

I was on my way to town yesterday. I wasn’t on a time schedule and had no reason to be exceeding the speed limit, but exceed I did. Everyone around me was exceeding. That little white and black rectangular sign totally ignored. I rounded a curve and low and behold, there sat an officer of the law. I, and the group of cars around me, began the instant deceleration. My heart pounded in that rush of fear, the other hearts had to be as well. An unpleasant word formed unspoken behind my lips, and all eyes went to view the rear-view. We’d been spied, now trying to appear meek and innocent. A warning. You’re bound to know that feeling…yes? If not, then kudos! No blue lights flashed, no siren sounded. My breathing eased back to normal, and I started thinking about sin. How when we come close to being caught we panic. My first reaction to seeing the cop was a curse word, whether uttered or not, it was thought. Then I had to check to see if my seat belt was indeed fastened, it’s a thousand wonders it was. One wrong action leading to another. My speeding had turned to cursing the authority that could fine me. It made me check myself to see if I was breaking another law as well. Then the remorse set in. What an awful example. What if my grand kids had been with me? Or a non Christian person?

There in lies the trouble folks. People simply hate being wrong. Especially when we are. We don’t like when we’re made to feel less than good. This is where the dialog stuck in my heart head becomes so overwhelming. There is so much to say on the topic of sin. But God has already said it all so I don’t have to. (Click here to read this passage. It’s a must)
I think where we get hung up in this day and age is trying to make one sin worse than the other. But sin is sin. Period. (See**for a small sampling.)  I do not condone a lot of what is happening in this world but a large part of me wants to scream, WAIT JUST A MINUTE!!
The prime example right now, as you’re aware, are businesses who’ve refused a product or service to someone because they’re gay. I appreciate the thought behind the action but does it solve anything? I will never condone homosexuality because it goes against the Word of God Almighty. But, so does murder, lying, disrespecting your parents, stealing, adultery, sodomy, bestiality…the list goes on! Should vendors begin asking all customers how they’ve sinned today? Like, “Hello, may I help you? A cake? Sure but have you robbed a bank today? Or, “Have you beat your wife or kids today? Or, “Have you gambled your livelihood away today?” Or how about, “I can serve you unless of course you’ve lied today, or had an abortion, have you looked at pornography? Have you exceeded the speed limit and cursed today? If you’ve done any of those things then I can’t serve you.”

See where I’m headed?

Today’s issues have always been issues. Today’s society and blatant disregard for God’s laws have this Jesus girl in a flaming hot seat. I’m all for my rights as a Christian…but my job as a Christian is to point others to Christ. Who. Forgives. Every. Sin. The only exception is the sin of non-belief. There is simply no help for a non-believer who’s been told the gospel truth and chooses to deny it. (Matthew 12:31 from The Message)

I would like to think if I owned a business and a gay couple came in seeking my product or service, I’d use the opportunity to witness to them. Like, “Hello, may I help you? A cake with two brides on top? I will bake the cake but here is what God says about homosexuality. No, this doesn’t make me a bigot or a homophobe, nor do I hate you. I too am a sinner saved by grace. We’re all sinners and we all fall short of the Glory of God.” More than likely they’d get peeved and leave. Maybe, just maybe, they’d re-examine their lifestyle. Maybe they’d blow my store up, but the puff of smoke I’d go up in would be scented with the fragrance of my bumbling effort to share Jesus. Our world has gone sin crazy mad. The days we live in aren’t new news. They have been repeated over and over. The Old Testament is riddled with good king, bad king. God fearing, God rejecting.

I wish that we’d react to our Savior Cop like we do a police officer on the side of the road. We know when we’re on the verge of sin yet we keep pressing the accelerator until we get caught red handed. Laws, rules and regulations. They’re all in place for our own good. Our safety. Our health. Our spiritual well being. Our relationship with God. Our eternal existence. We’re to obey man’s laws…until they go against God’s. There will be consequences for going against His precepts. But God will handle all that, He doesn’t expect me to. I don’t mean we should go glibly on about our business, we do need to speak the truth of God. I’m just not sure that inciting a sinner is the answer. But what do I know? I’m a speeding, cursing, sometimes non seat belt wearing, used to be way worse sinner. And the list goes on.

I’d love to know how you’re feeling about this article. Are you unsure how to react to what’s happening around us right now? No matter who you are, know that God loves you. He’ll meet you right where you are. Feel free to comment but be nice!

**James 2:10
**1 Corinthians 9-10

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About pdhemphill

I'm married to a wonderful man, we share two grown sons and two grandchildren. I love to write, crochet, bird watch, rv, hike and bike and I dabble with piano. Above all of this I love spending my mornings with God and being in His word. My goal is to share some life experiences and perhaps reach someone going through similar things and offer hope.

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