WHEN I REWRITE GOD’S LAW
Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother, or judges his brother, speaks against the law, and judges the law, but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law, but a judge of it. James 4:11
To speak against a brother is to slander, to become a talebearer that diminishes his character in the public eye, to destroy his reputation through false stories and to take his weakness and magnify it till it’s grossly disproportionate.
James says that when I use my tongue to rip another person to shreds in public, I am rejecting God’s law and setting up my own law in its place. I pronounce judgment and then set up others to do the same when God says He is the Father who should deal with His children in all aspects of their lives. We don’t sit in His seat.
It’s a dangerous thing to do what God has prohibited. I may believe that speaking against my brother is a small infraction. I may rationalize that I’ve chosen to keep the rest of the law but only erred on this one point. God does not see it this way. He makes it clear that when I violate the law, I do two things. 1.) I stand in judgment of His law. By turning my back against it to do my own thing, I am really denouncing its validity. And, 2.) I set up my own law in its place. I write my own set of commandments and they are not holy.
Would I think highly of Moses if he had taken the Ten Commandments, freshly written in stone by the finger of God, and then smashed them only to write his own version? I’d be horrified. Yet, that is what happens when I knowingly violate something God forbids. I rise up to become the judge and jury of God’s precepts.
No wonder there had to be a Lamb to forgive my sin. He bore my false judgments on Himself; those many times I knew better but chose to do it anyway. For every careless word of criticism, for every story that exacts revenge, I repent and ask God for mercy.
Forgive me if I take any of your words casually. Your Word stands in judgment of me. I am not in judgment of your Word. I bow in submission, and correct my posture. Amen