Let’s talk laundry, shall we? Everyone has a system for doing it. My wife and I have different ways of doing laundry. She is focused on smaller, separated loads. Me? I focus on getting as many clothes into the washer as humanly possible, no matter the color, material, or who it belongs to. Of course you can understand why we would have some disagreements about laundry. Right now, you are probably picking a side. (TEAM BARRY!)
Now let’s pretend that we were all giving a command to do one thing: Laundry. The command was do the laundry. Nothing specific. Just do it. Now what would happen if as I was doing the laundry, my wife came up to me, told me I was doing it wrong and that I didn’t really believe in doing laundry? What if she said that unless I was doing laundry exactly as she said to do than I wasn’t being obedient to the command to “Do Laundry”. What if, she deemed whether or not I was doing laundry not by whether I was doing laundry but rather by how she thought I ought to be doing laundry?
Paul is talking to the young preacher Timothy, and he is telling him to be careful of those who are adding additional rules to the faith. They were telling people what they could and couldn’t eat, who they could or couldn’t marry, and if they didn’t tote the line then they weren’t truly following Christ.
Here is your homework for today. What does it mean for you to follow Jesus Christ and how are you adding to or subtracting from what He has said it means? What burdens are you placing on others because of how you think they should follow? Oh, and here is your second homework assignment….do the laundry.
1 Timothy 4:1-5
4 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.