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Does the church make sense or do we make it too hard for people to come in? I think yes and yes and the task then is to make it easier. Maybe for someone out there, this will be the case. I write as a Lutheran (or, perhaps a Lutherpalian) although I might seem out of the mainstream from time to time. That's okay, isn't it? Let's blog on.

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Monday, May 04, 2009

Monday's morning devotion

Luke 6. 2 and 9: 2But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?”…9Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to destroy it?” (NRSV)

Even I will admit, perhaps grudgingly, that societies need to set parameters. Communities call these parameters “laws.” Whether it be the church community or a world community, these things are needed, laws are needed. Sometimes we find them limiting, sometimes we find them stifling. Sometimes we find them just but other times they are tried and found wanting, found to be unjust. Just as we need laws, we also need to uphold those which are good and just but we also need to confront those which are neither.

It is no surprise that Jesus knew the difference. Jesus knew that, no matter how well intended, people don’t always do the Godly thing. We don’t always do what God intends because we are human and because we often think we can do better. Jesus shows us that, sometimes, doing the right thing isn’t always right.

If someone is hungry today, do we tell them to wait until tomorrow, the kitchen is closed? Is someone is sick today, do we tell them to wait until tomorrow, the doctor isn’t in? If someone is suffering, do we tell them to grit their teeth, grin and bear it because tomorrow will be a better day?

We want to do the right thing, O Lord. We try, honestly we do but sometimes we don’t get it right. Inform our hearts that we might do your will. Amen


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