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STUPIDITY IS NO EXCUSE
10/7/2017 8:25:00 PM by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

FOR THE CHRISTIAN STUPIDITY IS NO EXCUSE

 

The Lord said to Moses,“Say to the Israelites: ‘When anyone sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands—“‘If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, he must bring to the Lord a young bull without defect as a sin offering for the sin he has committed (Leviticus 4:1-3

 

Oh, those lapses. We become so relaxed around technology, the devices become like an appendage. There has been a rash of references where people have accidentally dialed their cell phones from their pockets…sometimes revealing information that the owner had wished was never know to the person he accidental dialed.

 

In a recent article, Major League Baseball fined Arizona Diamondbacks coach  Ariel Prieto for wearing an Apple Watch during a win over Colorado Rockies in the National League Wild Card Game. After an investigation, the league determined the incident was accidental … though the potential for cheating existed. Why the rules forbid these technological devices during a game.

The Christian is not invincible to committing accidental sins. Old Testament law included a provision to receive atonement for acts of omission or commission that were not purposeful. A man might sell his donkey, and the animal could die from an undiagnosed disease. Thereby the buyer was frauded through no fault of the seller. The sin was unintentional. In those instances, as soon as the perpetrator became aware of the infraction, he was to make a sacrifice. 

Perhaps that is why Jesus warned that before we enter a time with God, we should examine our hearts to see if there is anything between our brother in Christ and ourselves … intentional or unintentional. Jesus commanded that we immediately set things right.

His sacrifice covered all our sin … even those committed out of stupidity.    

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