It just bores me to tears if it’s done with the intention of making me a better person, or a better Christian, or a better shoe salesman or…whatever. Not that I couldn’t be a better shoe salesman (if I were in that line of work).
They say that the best way to get an Irishman not to do something is to tell him that he has to do it. That’s me. (I am half Irish you know)
I think it is that way with the law when it is used as a prod to get us to move. Oh we might move alright…but our hearts won’t be in it. St. Paul tells us that when the law came in, sin increased! Maybe he was talking about the other guy. “Oh, he was just talking about the Jews…not us Christians who are now on a path to greater and greater glory. Greater obedience… and sinning less and less all the time.” ” Get out of my way… I am climbing up to heaven and working the principles!”
Some people say to me, “well…I need the law to know what I ought to be doing.”
I don’t buy it. The law is written upon our hearts. I know what to do, I just refuse to do it. And the plain truth of the matter is that you just refuse to do it too. (Now that’s the kind of law preaching that is NOT boring!)
I ran into a couple of Mormon missionaries this afternoon, and it was the same old, tired, boring drill about the need for us to be obedient. To be quite fair about it, I often get the same manure flung at me from Christian Evangelicals and Roman Catholics (even the occasional Lutheran – Brother Martin cover your ears!).
Always the same baloney “Yeah but” etc. etc. ” “What about James…yada, yada, yada.” “But you just can’t, wah wah wah wah waaaah.”
So these young Mormon kids set out to school me on Christianity and I said….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Someone wake me when the law fest is over, pleazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz …
“Now take your book of Mormon and your Bible, that you don’t understand, and try your act on somebody a little more gullible and less free. And I’ll be praying the whole time that you are unsuccessful in leading that person to hell.