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Lawless Behavior Does Not Honor God

Judges 17:6

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

One of my favorite old movies – of all-time – is one starring Charles Bronson (the Death Wish Series). It was a movie about a lawless group of people who were corrupt and evil. They kept their community scared by their lawlessness and their violence. The actor that Charles Bronson played – and has played in many movies – was Paul Kersey. He wife and daughter had been brutally treated and killed by lawless persons and he became – in several movies – a vigilante. He began to bring order to a lawless area in his city.

While I don’t support vigilantes – he stood up against lawlessness when few would – if any. In the movies his efforts to stand up against lawlessness won him the admiration and support – eventually – of his neighbors and others in the community. Lawlessness is not the answer. Obeying the laws or working to change the laws – lawfully – is the answer.

In our society we see or hear about lawlessness all around us. In cities like Chicago and Baltimore – the murder rate is often higher than the number of days in any given year. I have a friend – a colleague in ministry – that reminds us often how many murders there are in Baltimore. Lawlessness is so hard to comprehend. Continue reading

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Lawlessness and Obedience

Judges 17:6

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

I just finished watching a movie starring Charles Bronson. It was a movie about a lawless group of people who were corrupt and evil. They kept their community scared by their lawlessness and their violence. The actor that Charles Bronson played – and has played in many movies – was Paul Kersey. He wife and daughter had been brutally treated and killed by these lawless persons and he became – in several movies – a vigilante. He began to bring order to a lawless area in his city.

While I don’t support vigilantes – he stood up against lawlessness when few would if any. In the movies his efforts to stand up against lawlessness won him the admiration and support – eventually – of his neighbors and others in the community.

In our society we see or hear about lawlessness all around us. In cities like Chicago and Baltimore – the murder rate is higher than the days of the year. I have a friend – a colleague in ministry – that reminds us often how many murders there are in Baltimore. Lawlessness is so hard to comprehend. Continue reading

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Making Our Own Rules

Judges 17:6

…everyone did as they saw fit.

profileIn the days before Israel had a king – people made their own rules – just as each person decided. Judges 17:6 – In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

A favorite saying that seems to have lasted even into current history must have been – you’re not my boss or something like that in Hebrew. Every tribe – even every home – even every person – did as they thought best it seemed. They actually did have a boss – it was God – but they seemed to need a physical hands-on boss (not sure how God could have been more hands-on than in the Old Testament – but that it another subject).

Many people in our society and even in the church today have a problem with absolutes – with rules in general – with someone being in-charge. Our denomination has a General Conference to make the rules for our church. Every four years – elected representatives – lay and clergy – gather to pray over and decide the direction of our church – the United Methodist Church. Unfortunately – some want to do as they see fit rather than obey the rules of the church. Some people think they know better than those elected to represent the people – the church. Continue reading

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