I think I’ve figured out one reason why we are so short of time! It’s our cleaning schedule! We are immersed in germ warfare!
The guidelines escalate every year. The latest? Spray your dirty laundry with a deep cleansing agent, then, preferably wearing rubber gloves, throw it (the laundry not the spray bottle!!!) in the wash and then wash your hands.
How about this one? Of course we clean door knobs and fridge handles, but this year you must let it dry completely before touching them.
I’ve just finished a short series here on food handling. I understand that cleanliness is important, but common sense must prevail, lest we become like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day.
You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires. (Colossians 2:20-23, NLT)
Prayer – Lord, give us the sense of common sense, before we destroy ourselves and our spiritual lives in a frenzy of the wrong type of cleansing. Amen