Ok, I’ve written about this before. Numerous times. But after a little over 25,000 posts I’m not going to do a word search to find them.
Psalm 15:1 asks a dual question—
Lord, who may abide in your tent?
Who may dwell on your holy hill?
The rest of the chapter gives the answer. Our concern today is with the latter part of verse 4.
He swears to his own hurt and does not change.
Not that this is anything new. This has always been a challenge to our species. But in our present era, it seems that “oaths” in general have no significance. They are just words. Words that are expedient for the moment. They have little context and no consequence.
But it was not always so. After the Classical Period, in the Middle ages, between the 5th and and late 15th centuries, oath swearing was a serious matter. It was a code of honor that could not be broken except by death.
How did we get to where we are today? Here’s a quick summary.
In a Christian world, words reflect reality.
In a postChristian world, words create reality.
After that, words ARE the reality.
Reference points, and meaning, are not obligatory.
Swearing an oath in “After that…” is merely a useful politeness to give some fake solemnity to an event.
But this is not so before God. When we swear an oath before God, it binds us to what we have sworn for life. And eternity. Ignoring, forgetting, or breaking a promise to God is a serious matter. It has serious consequences for anyone who considers doing this.
To swear an oath before God requires we DO NOT CHANGE in our commitment. We set our course and do not veer from it. Doing so does put our lives in danger. In danger to ourselves, and in danger with God.
I’ve often defined sin as stepping outside of the perimeters of God’s protection. Watch your step. No one falls into sin: we plunge knowingly into its mire.
In business relationships, marriage, friendships, and personal principles swear to your own hurt, honor your promises, and do not change.
Honor God, honor people…, make a difference,
Dr. Gary Davis, President
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