Thursday, February 20, 2014
The "Law of God."
Abruptly speaking, and as I see it, the law of God is not about "God telling anyone what to do," not about "God ordering anyone around, or else...," not about "If you don't obey me, I am going to kill you." It's about understanding that God has put into place all that we need to "work out our own salvation (pursuit of happiness) with fear and trembling (growing in understanding that we'll experience consequences for our errors and successes in understanding). The law of God provides us benchmarks to clue us in on how we're doing AND to clue us in when we've embraced (even by default, or subcounciously) errors. They're not "commands" to rotely obey. They're guiding principals. We must THINK. We must utilize resources available to us. We must demonstrate concern for our neighbors. We must avoid trying to coerce others. We must work towards RIDDING barriors. We must work towards building family kinship with one another. We must demonstrate concern for the "weakest" among us. We must continually learn LOVE. The Gospel of Jesus Christ affirms that God loves the world, and desires that we learn what His love can do for us and what can result when we, even inadvertently, resist (abandon, bypass, ignore, care less about) His love. He commanded His love towards us. His love is there for the taking, not in a greedy way but in a way that enables / empowers us to share and strengthen everyone as if we all were ONE body. The law of God is about the love of God for now and forever.