Sunday, September 22, 2019
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.
James 2:8-9 NIV
Recently I read an essay, “Casserole Rules,” in which the writer suggests there are unwritten rules at churches spelling out what circumstances merit the delivery of a coveted casserole to their home. It was sad to see that this woman suffered through a tragic divorce with no support for herself and kids while adjusting to this big change. No lawn mowed. No errands. No casserole. What about the Mom whose son goes to prison? Or the parent who is struggling to cope with the news their child is homosexual?
Life usually does not turn out the way we thought it would. Everyone doesn’t need a casserole, but all need to be shown compassion even when we don’t think their struggle is justified or real. Maybe the body of Christ needs to concern itself less with rules and much more with love. Let us love people well as they walk through the painful nitty gritty of life. 🚦