SHALOM!

  Usually one of the first things a person will ask me when they find out I am a follower of Christ is whether or not some activity they are involved in is considered a sin. My answer for that is that for each person it’s different. Some things we know are just out and out wrong. Like murder or stealing, but what about more personal things like smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol?  I go back to, for each person the Holy Spirit will deal with him or her on an individual level. There is no written law for a believer to follow. God has placed a burden on each of our hearts to align ourselves with Him and His will and we can trust in the Spirit of God to convict us when we need it and guide us back into Gods will when we humble ourselves and repent. This is great Luke but is what I am doing considered a sin?

  In the movie Grand Canyon, an immigration attorney looks to get around a traffic jam by taking a different route than usual. As he drives on through the back streets it seems to be getting more and more run down and darker till he finds himself in a very desolate area. Then predictably his very expensive car stalls. He quickly reaches for his cell phone and contacts a tow truck driver to rescue him. Before the tow truck driver arrives a gang of tough street punks appears and threatens him with bodily harm if he doesn’t give them his disabled car. Then just in time the tow truck driver pulls up and earnestly begins hooking up the car to the tow truck. The street thugs protest that he is interrupting their heist. The driver takes the leader of the gang aside and says, “ The world aint supposed to be like this. Maybe you don’t know it but this isn’t how it’s supposed to be. I’m supposed to be able to do my job without askin you if I can. And that dude is supposed to be able to wait with his car without you guys rippin him off. Everything’s supposed to be different than what it is here”

  The word Shalom is often used as a greeting in the Hebrew language but its meaning is much more profound than just hello or goodbye. The word Shalom represent the harmony God had intended for the universe and everything in it. His original intention was for us to live out eternity in harmony with Him, each other and everything in the Earth and universe. Sin is the enemy of Shalom. I would think it safe to say that anything that disrupts this perfect harmony or Shalom that God had originally intended could be considered sin.

 

 

 Yea but Luke is what I am involved in a sin? I would say that if it disrupts the harmony God intended between Him and us, us and the rest of the human race or us and the Earth (including the animals and environment) it’s probably a sin.

  

 SHALOM!!!!!

2 comments

  1. This reminds me of a funny story that I heard when I was a baby baby Christian. I was at a women’s Bible study. The pastors wife was sharing that she was really struggling with speeding and that God had really recently let her know it was a sin for her. I sat there thinking okay that is really not something I can even digest at this point as God was dealing with many other issues with me. I have always remembered that though. Especially when something new is put on my heart that God is helping me to see as sin. Guess what I have been really working on the speeding thing and also talking out loud to other drivers in a not very Christ like way! Oh but for the grace of God!

  2. Shalom is important. When we settle to live “out of harmony” with others we say lonely “I can do it myself” and we are lacking in community. when we live lives with no harmony inside we struggle with illness and depression.
    More importantly, if we live “out of harmony” with God we are faithless or hopeless. God never intended us to be loners. He has done the unthinkable and come down to be with us. This He did to restore us, or redeem us, to the relationship he first established in the the garden.
    So to live a life pleasing to Him we must remember what is written:
    Romans 12:9-12 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

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