Devotion for February 9, 2022 - The Games Afoot

The Game's Afoot


Parks and I were playing a stripped down version of sorry . . . or, well, a very sorry game of sorry as we each only had one piece. Then Larks walked up and sat down and began fiddling with a second yellow piece, which wouldn't

have improved the game since only one of us would have had another piece, but the way she sat down next to us with the piece and began playing her "own game" with the piece really cracked me up. HER piece didn't have to stay on the board. In fact, it was almost never on the board. She would flip a card and then move it wherever she wanted to! Sometimes on her head, or my head, or on a nearby toy, or even between her toes like in the picture.


Even though the cards and board meant something to Parks and I, she had her own thing going on and it was fun to watch, didn't hurt anyone, and made sense to her. Unfortunately, many people see morality the same way. They feel as long as what you are doing doesn't hurt me right now, what's the harm? Why can't we all just do whatever makes us happy? Why should the world have to "play by the rules of the Bible?"


In Bible class we are working through the book Mere Christianity by CS Lewis and in the first two chapters it talks directly about this very postmodern point. There is a great need for "morality" to be outside of human convention and collective decision for many reasons, but the short answer is found in Isaiah 55:8-9 where God says, "'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the Lord. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'"


For those who might be interested in this topic I will put the links below - the first two chapters in Mere Christianity drawn out in doodle form (which I HIGHLY recommend watching!). Links to Mere Christianity Chapter 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmHXYhpEDfM and Chapter 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_VYCqCexow&t=10s.


The challenge today is simple yet tricky - are we willing to look deeper and be challenged by the rules God has established for us?


His love never wavers for us and neither should our love for others - when if they don't agree with us about the Bible.


But without the foundation of the Bible for our morality we are in errors trouble.

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