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10/31/2011

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Playing By The Rules


"In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit" (Judges 17:6).

With the Baseball World Series having just been completed, something a bit different struck me. These enormously talented men are playing a game that makes no sense unless they abide by the rules. The umpires make sure that they do. The children of Israel when today's verse applies, had no king. In his classic work, The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinback writes in chapter four: "There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue. There's just stuff that people do." God's people had rules, but there just were not powerful enough umpires to enforce them. Their moral order had broken down. When that happens, the lines between right and wrong are blurred. In this situation it is even difficult to find role models, because their integrity and honor have also been compromised. These things can happen in any culture when codes of ethical behavior are ignored or rejected. If good people abdicate their morality, bad people will take over. God's rules are not just some random writings meant to intrude into our lives...They are absolute values that help us to live a better life...They show us how to live life... Instead of confusion and chaos, we can have joy and peace. The rules help us in our relationships with God and man. The laws that the people had in the time of the judges were designed to lead them to Jesus. Jesus, rather than repudiating to Law, built a new and better code to live by. Our New Testaments contain those teachings that give us a moral compass to direct out lives. We can do this if we play by the rules...

Have a great start to your week...Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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