The title of this blog is from Matthew 23:23-24 where Jesus says:
“Woe to you , scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!” (NAS)
Jesus is upbraiding the Pharisees of his day for their hypocritical obedience to the law; they glorified the tiny things while neglecting the major things. Their error was one of emphasis. On the one end they botched the bigger matters up by “neglecting” them. On the other end, they botched the minor matters up by giving them the pride of place.
In my estimation, these errors are still plaguing the church today. Unfortunately, we have not learned from Jesus’ serious rebuke.
It is my aim in this blog to not only pursue proper balance and appropriate emphases on issues, but to talk about them directly. For me, this is not only a matter of quantity, but of quality. In other words, emphasis has to do with how and why we address issues and not simply the frequency in which we address them.
Small things are important too; Jesus said they should not neglect the smaller things while focusing on the major things. So I intend to talk about big and small things, easy and hard things. But I hope to do so in a way that is gracious, ecumenical, and that does not make small issues big and big issues small. I want to find that place between the gnat and the camel. I’m sure I will struggle to find this often delicate balance, but that is my humble goal.
I believe that much healing can and will take place in the church when we learn to give proper emphasis and attention to the issues.
I welcome your comments and thoughts. Please be patient in waiting for a response. I am very busy but will try and seriously engage all the comments I possibly can (within reason). Thanks in advance for caring enough to read my thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you too.