Three Strikes You’re Out!!!

“Most modern freedom is in rooted fear. It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules; it is rather that we are too timid to endure responsibilities.” - G.K. Chesterton, What's Wrong with the World

Did you ever stop to think about who made the rules, i.e., like three outs in an inning in baseball or taking four plays to make a first down in football? There are, it seems, so many rules in life. What about even more consequential rules such as don’t swim in a rip tide. I have found myself a quarter of a mile down the beach because I did not understand the result of not obeying the rule. Even though the beach patrol had not put the flags up to warn the swimmers, I found myself fighting the strong waters of the Pacific Ocean trying to get back to the beach. What about the double yellow line on the highway? What if we just did not feel the need to paint them on blind stretches of the road? The results would be disastrous, and it would not be in the best interest of society.

Someone might say, yes, that is all true, but rules are made to be broken. I found an interesting quote made by a fashion designer about his work: “As a fashion designer, I was always aware that I was not an artist because I was creating something that was made to be sold, marketed, used, and ultimately discarded.”

This brings me to my point on the saying, rules are made to be broken. If I have chosen to call myself a Christian, then I must live according to the standard set by God’s Word. God had some things to say about fashion, and it would be wise on our part to pay attention to the rules, i.e., such as, “You shall not have a mixture of wool and linen,” Deut. 22:11 Amplified Bible. “You shall not wear a fabric made of wool and linen blended together,” (a fabric pagans believed to be magical).

In regard to the priest, a very clear picture is made for us to see in regard to garments they were to wear. Ezekiel 44:17 Amplified Bible - “It shall be that when they enter the gates of the inner courtyard, they shall be clothed in linen garments; no wool shall be on them while they minister at the gates of the inner courtyard and within the temple (house).”

These are just a couple of references to mixture, and they were rules that were not made to be broken. Paul, in his writings to the church in Colossians 3, teaches them what the well dressed Christian should and should not be wearing : 8 But now ye also put off all these: Anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any even as Christ forgave. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

We believe in you!

Cleddie and GayNell