Matthew 16:12 (NIV)
Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
We have three big dogs in our house, actually two big dogs and a puppy that promises to be bigger than the other two. With that as a motivation I check my chicken coop very carefully for any loops in the fencing or holes which one of the chickens could get out or the dogs find a way in. Which could spell disaster. Even though the dogs can’t find a loop hole to get in they keep trying.
People also look for loopholes. They seek to discover ways to get out of paying those parking tickets, or taking the blame, or evading taxes. It seems to simply be a natural phenomenon among human beings which does not exclude Christians.
We live in a spiritual generation who love the saying: really, it's all just a matter of interpretation after all, there are no absolutes everything is relative. Too often Scripture is being twisted and turned by those seeking to discover loopholes which allow them to do what they want to do rather than what Scripture makes very clear, God would have us do. By doing so we are seeking to develop a god of our own understanding instead of a true understanding of God. A phenomenon that is breaking churches apart and driving wedges between denominations.
I think as God's people it would be better for us to do as the disciples did before Pentecost: to gather together in one place and spend much time in prayer until the Holy Spirit came upon them. Instead of distancing ourselves from one another perhaps we need to choose to come together in humility and prayer and to stay together until the Spirit leads us back into a true understanding of God and the plan He has for His Church.
Dear Lord, draw us together as your people. Bless us with your spirit of humility and grace so we can realize the plan you have for your Church that shows your love to the world around us. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.