From the Pulpit: Repair the fence
“Now Moses saw that the people were unrestrained,” Exodus 32:25 (NKJV). Just as every game requires a set of rules, life demands restraints. Without laws/restraints, life quickly deteriorates into anarchy. Whether in civil government, business or the home, if there are no restraints there will be lawlessness and rebellion.
For the most part, man has proven to be incompetent in developing proper restraints without the moral laws of God, which are found in His Word, the Bible. In man’s endeavor to eradicate God’s Ten Commandments, man has attempted to impose literally countless laws. However, man’s laws are based on emotional reactions while God’s laws are founded on His love for His creation.
Therefore, make sure that the moral laws of God are established in your home, business and community. Live by them. Teach them. Model and prosper by them. Remembering what the Apostle Paul said to the Corinthian Church, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify,” 1 Corinthians 10:23 (NKJV).
Yes, we have great freedom in Christ. However, this liberty is not a license to unrestrained sin. Therefore what we do is to be done with godly restraint. What we do may be lawful, but will it benefit our lives or the lives of others? What we eat and drink may not be sinful, but is it conducive to good health? The things that we read or watch may not be evil, but are they enhancing our minds? Are the things that we do beneficial and helpful? For example, it’s good to relax, but too much relaxation can lead to laziness. It is OK to be entertained, but too much entertainment can dull the mind. A good guide to being restrained is found in the Apostle Paul’s exhortation to the Philippian Church, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Herein is the means to being rightly restrained.
We may not always agree on what these restraints should be; therefore, let us seek unity in the essentials, liberty in the nonessentials, and charity in all.
(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)