People follow church laws and regulations, social customs, cultural norms and family traditions. Much of the time they do so without even thinking because these standards are such a part of our living, and following these brings rewards and acceptance while failure to conform brings censure. So it is easier to ride the current than to examine expectations.

Jesus rebelled against such rules when the rules abused people or replaced God.

Consider Psalm 119:145-153 (God’s Word):

Teach Me, O Lord

Teach Me, O Lord (Photo credit: sleepymyf)

145 I have called out with all my heart. Answer me, O Lord.
I want to obey your laws.
146 I have called out.
Save me, so that I can obey your written instructions.
147 I got up before dawn, and I cried out for help.
My hope is based on your word.
148 My eyes are wide-open throughout the nighttime hours
to reflect on your word.
149 In keeping with your mercy, hear my voice.
O Lord, give me a new life guided by your regulations.
150 Those who carry out plots against me are near,
{yet} they are far away from your teachings.
151 You are near, O Lord,
and all your commandments are reliable.
152 Long ago I learned from your written instructions
that you made them to last forever.
153 Look at my misery, and rescue me,
because I have never forgotten your teachings.

Is it time to learn the Bible, live by its guidelines and submit to the authority of Almighty God over human demands?

Take a stand for God’s laws, even when they contradict human traditions. Jesus did.

Hard work required – serious disciples only.