Psalm: 89:1-19
Old Testament: Jeremiah 16:10-21
New Testament: Romans 7:1-12

What then should we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet, if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing an opportunity in the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness (Romans 7:11-12)

As I read the excerpt from Romans, I am struck by the realism Paul displays here. He is very honest about the human propensity to twist morality in order to fit our own wants and needs.

The Law, and even the story of Grace through Jesus Christ is always open to human interpretation…there is no way to get around that. But it does beg the question of what “laws” of institution and doctrine have been warped to fit our own personal frameworks????

I should point out here that liberals are equally guilty of distorting the Gospel to fit their pedagogy. Where ultra-conservatives might argue that God is a righteous and zealous judge, ultra-libs will argue that God is ALL love and no judgement šŸ˜›

Both extremes blatantly ignore major themes of the Bible. On the one side, Pat Robertson has forgotten that God will not condemn innocents to death. On the other end of the spectrum, Rob Bell seems to completely ignore the judgments such as we have been reading in Jeremiah over the last two weeks.

My guess is that the answer lies somewhere in the middle……and I don’t pretend to put forth a solution in this blog entry. However, it is important to struglle with how we are faithful to the Scripture without over-emphasizing one aspect of it that will hijack the message of Jesus to repent, and to believe in the good news. The good news that Grace abounds far more than Sin could ever hope to. +