Matthew 23:24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
We live life looking through the scope of many lenses. The lens of education, society, the environment, or even our peers. What is common to all these reference points is the fact that they are all subjective.
Thus depending on which level of education, status in society, circle of influences or the environment, what was unacceptable yesterday, suddenly becomes okay today and vice versa.
In effect, the goal posts keep changing. In the Gospel, the pharisees are in the firing line since it is quite a surprise that the same person who will go all out to strain a gnat, would willingly swallow a camel. You’d expect the net that catches a gnat to have no room for a camel. But we see the inconsistency at play.
There is however a lens that remains consistent – one standard against which any other can be compared. As Jesus spoke ‘Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away’. That is the consistent standard that is not amended by the changing goalposts of an ever changing world.
Let the Word of God, therefore, be the lens through which you filter everything.
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