This Sunday we’ll be reading from Luke 11:37-54…as it stands right now, we’ll probably have to explore this in two parts.
In this account, Jesus goes toe to toe with the Pharisees, and confronts the legalism of their movement. He declares six woes on their movement, or we could say, he gives us six reasons why legalism sucks.
Legalism is still an issue for many churches and Christian groups today. It certainly didn’t stop with the Pharisees. There are many modern day incarnations of this Pharisaical attitude that Jesus resisted. I know I’ve had my share of both being a Pharisee and being under the scrutiny and buffeting of them. Out of curiosity, what have YOUR experiences been. It would be interesting to hear your stories of experiences with legalism in the church. If you have time, tell me the goofiest rules you’ve encountered in the context of church. Tell me your personal experiences. This isn’t intended to bash anyone…just to be able to laugh at our human condition when it comes to religion.
I’ve never denied that I’m a recovering legalist. I still find areas, after nearly 20 years of pursuing grace, where I’ve been blind to a legalistic approach to things…whether its with my kids or my church…I still have to remember the keep the Main Thing the main thing.
Anyway…tell me your stories….quick, before Sunday so I can share ’em in my teaching!
Oh…and please don’t forget about the prayer meeting Saturday for Sudan…the particulars are in the post below. Thanks!