29 January 2016

This 'n' That

photo: Squad Car @ The Bridge via photopin (license)
I found myself driving first behind, and then in front of, a police officer most of the way home last night. On a road full of commuters anxious to get home, there was this dear policeman, driving at least 5 mph slower than the speed limit. And you know how it is when there is a policeman on the road: everyone slows down. Way, way down. Way, way, way down.

So yes, it was mildly annoying, though I do say that with the utmost respect for police officers. I am very, very thankful for them, so I mean no disrespect at all. But—and I'm certain I'm not alone in this—it seems to me that there may be times when some officers deliberately slow down (way, way down) in traffic, just to watch the rest of us squirm. I can't blame them, because it is somewhat entertaining to watch people slam on their brakes when they realize they've bumped 1 or 2 mph over the posted speed limit. But do they have to play the game at 6:00 at night?

Still, it started me thinking: most of us don't consider speeding to be a sin, though in reality, it is a violation of the law. It therefore must be counted among the many sins we commit daily, even as we strive for holiness. We know we are to obey the speed limit and yet many of us do not...unless someone of interest is watching. Then we slow down. Way, way down.

Beloved, how do you treat your "minor" sins? Or even your "major" ones? Do you think that, so long as they are done in secret, out of sight of your spouse or children or pastor or church friends, that they do not count? Do you not realize that God sees what is done in secret, whether sinful or righteous (Matt 6:4, 6, 18)?

Or do you suppose if you only think the sinful thought in your mind, that it does not count? God knows each thought. Do you not realize that God knows what is in your heart (1 Sam 16:7; Jer 17:10; Prov 15:11)?

Shame on us if we only act righteously when we think we are being watched. May God grant us the strength and desire to grow in holiness and to pursue righteousness at all times and in all situations.

Okay, before you go off to repent of your speeding sins (because that could take awhile), why not slow down (way, way down) to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • If I didn't know better, I'd say Aimee Byrd of Mortification of Spin snuck a peek at the upcoming episodes of Equipping Eve as she addresses Bible "art journaling" in this recent blog post.
  • Allow me to translate for Christine Caine: "Don't make it complicated, just keep the Law perfectly!" Yeah, let me know how that goes.
  • This is nice. Caine's buddy, Priscilla Shirer, apparently feels free to blaspheme God in an exclamatory manner on social media.
  • If he could and if he knew, Martin Luther would be rolling over.
  • I'm shocked, positively shocked. Wait...nope...never mind, totally saw this coming.
  • Written to pastors, this is an interesting read: "How long should you stay at your church?" 
  • Here is your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Make sure you're tuning in to The Truth Pulpit. Pastor Don Green is preaching through a series titled, "God Over All," and it is one you will not want to miss!
  • I hate to say "I told you so," but...nearly four years ago, I tried to tell you. Jonathan Cahn was on the "dark side" from his very first entrance onto the scene.
  • Phil Johnson and Mike Riccardi recently did a 2-part Q&A session that is full of helpful and interesting discussion. Be sure to listen to Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Ah, yes, the Pinterest world of perceived perfection.
  • Why we must preach the Word.
  • The blasphemy of the rich young ruler:

2 comments:

  1. Thank you, Erin. As always, pithy stuff. I especially appreciated the link to the article on praying for "traveling mercies." This is one of many (and unfortunate) bits of Evangelical jargon ("evanjaron" if you will), that has crept into the modern church. We must always be on the look out for stuff like this and purge it when we find that it doesn't line up with scripture. You're always helping us stay alert!

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  2. Erin,

    A pastor once told me that ongoing concern about our sin is one indication that we are truly in the Lamb's book of life.

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