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  • Andy Spedden
    James 2:8-11: You do well when you complete the Royal Rule of the Scriptures: Love others as you love yourself. But if you play up to these so-called
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 25, 2006
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      James 2:8-11: You do well when you complete the Royal Rule of the Scriptures: "Love others as you love yourself." But if you play up to these so-called important people, you go against the Rule and stand convicted by it. You can't pick and choose in these things, specializing in keeping one or two things in God's law and ignoring others. The same God who said, "Don't commit adultery," also said, "Don't murder." If you don't commit adultery but go ahead and murder, do you think your non-adultery will cancel out your murder? No, you're a murderer, period.

      If you show servile regard (prejudice, favoritism) for people, you commit sin and are rebuked and convicted by the Law as violators and offenders. For whosoever keeps the Law [as a] whole but stumbles and offends in one [single instance] has become guilty of [breaking] all of it. For He Who said, You shall not commit adultery, also said, You shall not kill. If you do not commit adultery but do kill, you have become guilty of transgressing the [whole] Law.
      ***************************************************************************************************************Although these are two different versions of the same passage, it’s an intriguing critique of a human-made legal system and Levitical law within the context of God’s “legal” view as expressed through Christ.

      Consider when someone is charged with an offence under human-made laws. For one singular offence, many additional charges are filed. So even though one does “just one thing,” many more things are heaped on because there are various angles from which to view “just one thing.”

      Now for God’s view: my catalogue of sins is no different from your catalogue of sins. George Bush’s catalogue of sins, (subject to much public protest), is no different from your pastor’s catalogue of sins. This view puts such diverse folks as Charles Manson, Barbara Walters, Saddam Hussain, and Princess Diana in the same boat. So whether we commit murder or adultery, God views it all as the same.

      However, in the view of human-made laws, there’s this sliding-scale approach: murder is worse than child pornography, taking a pornographic photo of a child is worse than taking a pornographic photo of an “age-of-consenting” 17-year-old, underage pornography is worse than drunk-driving, drunk-driving is worse than stealing from a store, stealing from a store is worse than…..the list goes on and on and on.

      Also, the human view perverts and twists God’s view. Whereas God’s view is that all sin is the same, the human view also says all offences are the same, in the sense that each one deserves to have additional charges heaped upon the “root” offence.

      The biblical writer is very clever in this passage: all-at-once, they point out the faults of human-made laws and Levitical law, while making comparison and contrast to the grace-full-ness of God’s “legal” view. This is sophisticated stuff!

      Although a leopard cannot change its spots,
      who are we to say its Creator cannot?
      "tell it to the hand with the hole in it"

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