What exactly am I teaching if I let my tiredness, or my busyness, or my stress levels, or whatever, excuse a grumpy attitude at home? Hmm, basically I am broadcasting that I don’t need to obey God when I am busy, tired, or under stress, etc… Ouch!
In fact I am saying that God’s righteous decrees are only totally absolutely really mandatory (a) for other people; (b) in theory; (c) when convenient for me. Yikes!
But you see (I hasten to say): we do regular family worship, and we pray together, and do lots of good fun stuff together, and have really good relationships, so it really doesn’t matter so much if I don’t sort out my attitude problems! After all I am faithfully catechising my children in Following Jesus (When Its Not Too Hard) Double Yikes!
Why can’t I even see it this clearly most of the time? Hypocrisy, self-righteousness, rationalisation… creeping sins, sins of blindness and compromise… comfortable sins…
Jesus detested those sins, he got really angry over them. He still does.
Clearly I need more practice writing. The one comment I got was that I came across as “down”… I didn’t intend to come across as Eeyore, but rather more righteously angry, preferably like a knight furiously storming an ogre’s castle. But alas I come across as sadly down. The pox on sadly down!
To be angry with sin is a great safe guard, more especially treacherous sins that sneak up and make themselves at home and all respectable. These sins need to be violently attacked and shown no quarter.