Vol 13, Issue 5
It seems that a lot of people, Christians andnon-Christians alike, think Christianity is all aboutdos and don’ts. Keep the rules and we earn God’sblessing; break the rules and we fall out of favor. Is itreally as clear cut as that?In Paul’s letter to the believers in Rome, he jumped into a controversy that was consuming much of the early Christians’ time and energy and threatenedto divide them: Did God expect Christians to keep the Mosaic Law?
Tatcontroversy was actually an extension of the discussions and debates that hadbeen going on among Jews for hundreds of years over which of the Law’s613 commandments were the most important to obey and what to do whenconicts arose.If those on one side of the Christian debate were right, then those on theother side must be wrong—right? Wrong, according to Paul. He was convinced that Christians are free fromkeeping the Mosaic Law, but he also believed that things aren’t as black and white as we tend to try to make them. No one has a corner on “rightness,” hesaid in so many words. And besides, God isn’t hung up on details. He’s biggerthan that, His love more inclusive. Te real issue, the one that matters mostto God, is that we each act out of love for Him and others as dictated by ourpersonal convictions, based on our understanding of His Word.Personal convictions are just that—personal. Tey aren’t uniform, genetic,or transferable. Neither do they just happen. Tey are the result of personaltriumphs and tragedies, study, reection, and soul searching, generally overmonths or years. Tey also aren’t static; they change and mature with us. Tey become a little clearer each time we put thought into them, a little strongereach time we act on them or they are put to the test.“Come,” God says, “let us reason together.”
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1. See Romans chapter 14.2. Isaiah 1:18