Many of us are drawn to movies about law and order. We get involved as the lawyer presents the case and the accused gives a great argument as to why the law should be changed. In the movie as we cheer for the underdog, the judge agrees with the defendant and changes the law. In real life the judge would most likely say, “Though your argument is sound, and I can agree with you; I cannot change the law or judge the law. I must enforce the law as it is written. I have sworn to uphold the law”
I have a great accountability partner who reminds me that while we may have an opinion it is only God’s position that matters. Many times, I would wish God’s position to be different; to just once listen to my view. I believe He patiently does listen and then reminds me as he did Job in chapter 40:6-14 of just who He is and who I am:
“Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: “Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be in the right? Have you an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like his? “Adorn yourself with majesty and dignity; clothe yourself with glory and splendor. Pour out the overflowing’s of your anger and look on everyone who is proud and abase him. Look on everyone who is proud and bring him low and tread down the wicked where they stand. Hide them all in the dust together; bind their faces in the world below. Then will I also acknowledge to you that your own right hand can save you.”
Do you believe that by our own effort we can save ourselves? If that were possible, Jesus died in vain, and we have been lied to. Yet as Paul warned Timothy, we are drawn away from God’s word to follow what we want to be true. We follow our own deceitful heart and justify our desires with the same logic as a Hollywood court case. The law is the law whether or not we agree or understand it.
One of the charges at my ordination was from 2 Timothy 4:1-8 “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”
I would rather offend man than offend God. Anyone who claims to be a follower of Christ must uphold all His teaching or he denies it all. It is not a case of opinion as to what we believe or reject. We either believe all the law or are judged by the law. Like the Judge in court, we cannot change the law. We must apply it all.