So obedience can get out of control? Is that even possible? In any good discussion, lots of talk rolls around the room, knocking over tables or firm convictions, willy-nilly, until one side or the other gets tired, lands a good blow or with one mighty leap, bounds out of the room, claiming victory from a safe distance. Then the spectators get the not so fun job of sorting out the debris. If any survive.

I opened this topic last time with a tiny attempt to make sense of what obedience is actually good for. I know, I know. That sentence is not good grammar, according to Latin, (a dead language by the by) but it works in American just fine, thank you very much.

Turns out obedience is one of those topics used to start fights or flatten the opposition, not actually committing discussion. A major missed point is the question: Obedience to whom?

Sounds very grammarian doesn’t it? The question still stands. Who wants to talk about obedience in the first place. Usually someone who feels dis-obeyed and Wants His Voice Heard. Not generally one interested in discussion. The issue of listening, comprehending is a big part of obedience. The action of agreement comes after the decision to obey.

And 1 Corinthians 15:24 infers something very different about the result of obedience. Power. As in the power to destroy opposition. How’s that for shocking? But ya know, in 1 Samuel 15:23 rebellion is equated with witchcraft and stubbornness with iniquity. Strong words for things we think of as small, regular emotions.

Power is in this whole thing, as well as control.

And I thought this would be an easy weekend mental jog. Yeah, right.

 

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