Resenting Jesus’ Rules

Matthew 5:21-37 – The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany – for Sunday, February 12, 2017

“Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you . . .” (Matthew 5:23)

As a young adult, I once groused to my mother about Dad’s double standard on speeding. When my father was a passenger and noticed that I’d crept over the speed limit, he’d loudly clear his throat as a warning. That guttural noise was often followed with, “Have you looked at your speedometer?”

Okay, fine, Dad caught me speeding.

But what about those times he ignored the limits? Since infancy, I’d been an occupant in cars he steered. Dad often exceeded the posted limits!

Mom replied, “Your father’s a very law-abiding citizen . . . except when he doesn’t think the laws apply to him.” Continue reading →