Thursday, July 20, 2006

...to be continued?


Over the last few months I've turned my attention to think about Charismatic Gifts and to Divine Sovereignty.... At the end of June I was wondering whether I was free from the tough questions.

And then I ran headlong into another one. This one manifests itself in different issues: You can start with infant baptism and tithing, and you could chuck sabbath in the mix as well.

Anna Mack asked me to do something about understanding the law, in early 2007, and now I've hit an issue where I need to work it out!

The tithing issue is the pressing one as I work on my money study. Israel did it(although it looks like it was more like 23% than 10%), should Christians be tithing? And if not, then what?
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets;
I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them."
-- Matthew 5:17, ESV
My instinct is that if Jesus fulfills the law then we're not expected to. The law is like rules that apply to someone else, not to us. Never to us. Imagine the foreign exchange kids in their yellow backpacks not allowed to take them off, I'd be a fool to imitate them... the rule about yellow backpacks doesn't apply to me.
"Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law,
imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed"
-- Galatians 3:23, ESV
So when it comes to money what would it mean to live by faith? What does keeping in step with the Spirit look like when it comes to my bank balance? Doesn't the shadow point us towards something for us? If sabbath points us to our eternal rest in Jesus... what about tithing? Where is the continuity? Where is the discontinuity? What changes, what should stay the same? I'm not expecting to resolve this one in a soundbite but I'd appreciate some thoughts