Acceptable Exceptions

Posted: May 3, 2012 in QT's
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“There are exceptions to every rule”, so the saying goes. We like exceptions don’t we. We like exceptions because they give us an acceptable reason (or excuse) to live outside of the rules, at least on occasion. Think about it. A parent tells a child to eat everything on his plate or he can’t have dessert. The child responds, “I ate everything… except my broccoli. Can I have dessert now?” Yeah, we like exceptions because we all want dessert without having to eat our broccoli. We like them except for when we don’t like them which is mostly when other people want one. Then we like to stick by the rules.

All of that is kind of humorous to think about. There are certainly times when exceptions can and should be made. I’m a youth pastor and I make exceptions all the time. For example, I may set a deadline for students to turn in a form in order to go on a trip but when one shows up the day of the trip without a form I will generally do everything I can to help them go. I make exceptions. There are also times though when exceptions can’t, or at least shouldn’t, be made. Let me show you what I mean.

In 1Kings 3:3 it says, “And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of His Father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense in the high places.” Let’s break this passage down a little. Solomon loved the Lord, except that he sacrificed and burned incense in the high places. Solomon walked in the statutes (laws, decrees, rules) of His Father David (a man after God’s own heart) except that he sacrificed and burned incense (worshiped) in the high places (mountain top altars where people went to worship false gods).

Solomon’s heart is not in question, he loved God and it showed in his life, except for that one thing about worshiping God in the wrong place and the wrong way. You see, God was very specific about how and where His people were to worship Him. The proper sacrifices had to be made, by the proper people, in the proper place. That may sound a little strict to you and I but God has His reasons, and after all he is God, not us. That’s the whole point really. I’m sure Solomon thought, “What’s the big deal? Everybody goes there to worship.” The big deal is that God said not to be like everybody else, be different, be mine.

When it comes to being a follower of Christ let’s be careful about making exceptions because our exceptions may be acceptable to us, but we’re not God, and our exceptions are usually really just excuses in disguise.

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