Tuesday, March 18, 2014

So What?

I Corinthians 5
This morning I was reading 1 Corinthians.
Those people were pretty "out there".
I'm not sure what they were thinking in chapter 5.
Paul wrote to them in part to deal with a really bad situation.
A man was sleeping with he father's wife and the church at Corinth was apparently okay with the whole situation.
Now, we aren't told if this woman was his mom or step-mom, but either way this is a case of something gone terribly wrong.
The majority of people even in our culture would say that a person should not sleep with your mom or step mom.
Now, remember, these were people in the church, so they were held to the standard that God says is good....and Paul was kind of taken back by the behavior not only of the guy and his mom, but also that the people in the church there didn't say anything to these two about this love interest being problematic.
Well, so what?
What does that have to do with anything?
Well, the truth is, that if you are not a follower of Jesus Christ you really don't have any reason to care about this at all.  You are not obligated to follow God's moral code and there is no reason that this scenario should bother you.
But it might anyway....
This brings me to my next and more relevant question.
How should we decide what "sleeping arrangements" are okay and which ones are not?
This is a big topic today.
If you don't subscribe to God's way of doing things, then frankly any arrangement is alright.
You may marry your mom if you like.  You can marry John and William as long as everyone is okay with the arrangement.  I have even heard of a woman who married the Eiffel Tower which is pretty weird, but if you're not a follower of Christ...well, you know....
But if you name the name of Christ then you should feel a tension to line your life up with that which he says is good and right.
(God will work through you to do this by the way...you really can't do it by self will).
You will never be able to do it perfectly, we come to Jesus as we are and he sheds his grace on every part of our lives.
But, when we are involved in something that God says is not good (there's a short list in 1 Corinthians 5)
AND you're a follower of Christ...well, somebody who loves you ought to say something to you about it.
And that's all I have to say about that.

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