These Things Ought Not So To Be

Published on Dec 6th, 2017 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
These Things Ought Not So To Be

Ought Not So To Be When I was in college I lived with my friends, played basketball with my friends, ate with my friends, hung out on Saturdays with my friends, served the Lord with them on Sunday, and on Monday went to class with those same friends. You can imagine that, at times, we would go down to the gym or out on the ball field and take out our frustrations on those same friends. I am not sure it is humanly possible to spend that much time together and not sometimes be grumpy with each other. I remember one time when we were playing a pickup game of softball and we were just arguing about anything and everything. One guy slid into second base and one side called “out” while the other side yelled “safe”. It was a great opportunity to let off some of that pent-up steam. As we argued back and forth, the guy who slid, who had a very soft heart, stood up and shouted, “My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” He was quoting the King James version of James 3:10. The effect that this word from God had on us was one of silence. All arguing ceased. I wish I could say that we then hugged, wept over our sin, repented, and sang “Kum By Yah” but in reality, we could not stop laughing and poking fun at our King James quoting buddy. But that phrase stuck with me. There have been numerous times in my ministry when I just wanted to shout, “My brethren, these things ought not so to be”. So today, I’m going to shout it a few times.

Christmas songs before Thanksgiving...My brethren, these things out no so to be.

Man buns...My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Santa bowing down to Jesus...My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Believers who fight on Facebook and then block each other...My brethren, these things really ought not so to be.

Christian songs that never mention any name of the Trinity...My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Filling the balcony at church while many seats remain down below...My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Not being able to visit grandchildren during the holidays...My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Consistently being late to church...My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Finally finding someone going to their car at the outlets. Putting your blinker on, waiting for them to pull out, and then they turn, give you smile and go back into the stores...My brethren, these things out not so to be.

Egg Nog and pumpkin spice...My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Men wearing “onesies” style Christmas pajamas, flap or no flap...My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Christians arguing with non-Christians about saying Merry Christmas...My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Christians preaching about the season of giving and then complaining about people asking for donations in front of the stores...My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Not watching “Elf” at least one time in December...My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Not seeing at least one child ripping open a present...My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Enjoying four or five Church sponsored Christmas programs and yet not finding one to serve in...My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Not being able to sing Silent Night with your Church family on Christmas Eve...My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

There, I got a few off my chest. I still have a few more percolating in my mind...Elf on the Shelf, Essential Oils, Christian Pyramid Schemes...Not sure if this was a good idea or not. I kind of feel like one of the grumpy old men on the Muppets. Maybe someone needs to say to me, “My Brethren, this thing ought never to be again”. I do know, though, that even though we had fun with these, we need to be able to say to one another, at times, “My brethren, these things ought not so to be”. Two rules, which I learned from my friend who slid into second base. The first is that this must be said in a love that truly desires what is the best for those who will hear. The second is that it must be the Word of God that provides the basis for our grieved heart. It really does not matter if you and your man bun watch Elf this Christmas or not but it does matter that our love for Christ and our love for each other shines into the hearts of those around us.

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