Walls of Legalism

indexTo work or not to work on a Sunday?

That was the question.

School was going to start soon, but the new gym floor was not yet finished. The team of workers had been delayed and wouldn’t be able to begin work until Saturday. Could they work on Sunday?

Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.

The answer seemed easy enough, but a group of leaders took a deep breath, and asked, “How can we honor God with our response?”

You see, this group of workers would likely not be near a church if we didn’t open our doors to them. Under our roof, they would be prayed for and (presumably) closer to God’s presence than in their hotel rooms. Our legalism would build a wall and close a door to our opportunity to build a relationship and open a possibility. Our legalism–the same legalism that we’d set aside when we went out for lunch after church and expect others to work and serve us.

Instead, we would serve the workers. A small group of us would prepare a meal and eat with them.

It was a little awkward. They didn’t seem quite comfortable. Who were these church people that wanted to give them a break from the work they were being paid to finish, give them a hot meal, and talk with them? They scurried back to their work after being reminded they were welcome to the leftovers, including tea and coffee we’d leave out for them.

Who knows what an impact, if any, it had on the men’s lives?

God does.

Keeping God’s day holy doesn’t always look like what we presume it should look like.


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