There seems to be a morphing of the topic that started before Christmas on whether it is necessary to observe Sunday Sabbath. It turned into a discussion between eminent Christian bloggers on the topic of whether Sabbath is required at all for Christian freedom and grace…. and so, late this night, I found myself starting @ Parableman’s and reading through numerous blogs and comments.
Parableman: Christians and the Sabbath
Christians and the Sabbath
There’s been a little bit of outrage lately among Christian bloggers about some megachurches that aren’t holding meetings of their congregations on Christmas….
You can start there, if you like…then move on to Parableman: More Sabbath Stuff
A little while back, Jollyblogger responded to my criticism of Sabbatarianism. His general view seems to be that the 10 Commandments are part of the moral law, while other laws were abrogated. Jesus then must have been talking about only this segment of the law (a segment the Bible never isolates as such) that he calls the ceremonial law. I think it’s much more obvious that Jesus really was talking about the whole law as fulfilled.
It helps to read over @ Jollyblogger, as well.
But if I strip off the descriptive phrases of Sabbath or Christmas, etc…. I am left with this:
Do Christians have moral obligations?
That helped me to think a bit. I already have the premise that we are not under the law, and that we have no obligatory rules…. but what about this idea of moral obligation. We all, as Christians, recognize that we do have moral obligations, that it is wrong to do or not do some things. For instance take the word Sabbath, since we are using this…. is it wrong to not take certain time for God, IOW, do we have a moral obligation to take time for God, and what parameters does that entail. Giving… we would all recognize that the Christian is morally obligated to be giving. Not in a specific time or way, perhaps, but something is morally wrong with the picture of the Christian who is not giving… and then my question is “why?”
There have to be universal principles of some sort which are incumbant upon even the Christian…. or maybe even especially upon the Christian, in light of all God has done and what we know of that.
But truthfully… the best explanation I can come up with is the idea of “the rule of love” and the pragmatic working out of Faith. That is, having faith that works by love will equate certain behaviors… and those are from what the Law of Moses and the Prophets have informed our thinking.
It is as if we cannot escape those things as foundational to our understanding, even if our obedience takes other forms than the Law spelled out.
Anyway, that is what I go to bed thinking about now….. we have no rules, but we still have moral obligations within Christ Jesus…. and perhaps all this might have something to do with not hiding your light under a basket and not burying your talent in the ground..certainly with what we owe such a great love and sacrifice as we have enjoyed in Christ… but I am too tired to think anymore tonight-g’nite!