Two Rules

rulesI found myself at the central police station in Bridgetown, Barbados. I was there to take the exam for a Bajan driver’s license. Due to a limited amount of time, the officer informed me that he would orally cover the rules for driving in his country. He would then examine me for eligibility. He was a large man with a hard countenance and I was nervous.

The session began. The imposing officer said, “The speed limit in Barbados is 25 mph in the towns and 35 mph in the country. The second rule – STAY ON THE LEFT! Then with a broad smile the officer said, “Now repeat the traffic laws of Barbados”. It all came down to those two simple laws.

The religious world can be complex and often is complicated with a myriad of rules. God gave the Ten Commandments for the good of mankind. Over time, the Hebrews compounded these ten into hundreds of rules and regulations covering nearly every facet of life. They were so cumbersome that it was impossible to keep them all.

The religious laws had become so unwieldy and burdensome in the days of Jesus that they were a constant point of conflict between the Master and religious lawyers. “Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:35-40). Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, made our relationship with God plain and simple. 

All too often, religious groups and denominations have turned the gospel message into lists of man-made do’s and don’ts. Confusion and disillusionment often occur and the results can ruin simple acts of worship. The Apostle Paul, speaking to the issue, said, But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3). My friends, walking with the Lord is not ‘rocket science’. It is simple.

Two Rules: Love God and Love Your Neighbors –

~ Brother Roy


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