An Open Letter to Rule Followers
Posted: Saturday, September 9
Dear Rule Follower,
Thank you so very much for your contribution to society. Thank you for removing your K-cup from the Kuerig after each use. Thank you for never leaving the toilet paper dispenser empty for the next person, and thank you for actually stopping at stop signs for a full three seconds.
I’ll go further to specifically thank Christian rule followers. Thank you for attending church and volunteering on a weekly basis. Thank you for paying your tithe and giving to missions. Thank you for monitoring your entertainment choices. Thank you for being dependable, honest, and trustworthy.
The goal of righteousness begins when we seek after what is right. We survey God’s Word for the rules of His kingdom and then begin to align our life with His principles. This world needs more rule followers; I absolutely believe it. BE a rule follower, but . . . please . . . avoid the traps.
Oh yes, my rule-following friend, there are traps. Righteousness is not a math equation. It is not “do this” plus “do that” equals “reward.” Look at the vineyard described in Isaiah chapter 5. God lays perfect plans. He follows all of the rules to raise up a holy nation. When the trees bear fruit, the grapes are bitter. He has no choice but to abandon the vineyard.
This happens all of the time to Christians. We begin to believe that “do this” plus “do that” equals “reward.” Righteousness does not make you immune to sickness, unemployment, or the sins of the people you love. When you read the Bible, acknowledge the difference between a promise and a proverb. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8)” is a promise. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart tom it (Proverbs 22:6)” is a proverb. It’s an admonishment, an encouragement; it’s not a math equation. A proverb is guidance; it is not a guarantee.