Come to Me All Who are Weary and Burdened Down and I Will Give You Rules

For the last few posts I have focused on living morally by loving others instead of following religious rules. Legalism is counter-productive and actually gets in the way of loving others as Jesus teaches us to do.

This past week artist David Hayward, The Naked Pastor, released an excellent cartoon on his blog that relates perfectly to my series. What do you think of it? Let me know in the comment section below.

I will Give You Rules

Along with the cartoon he posted 10 Reasons Why Law is Easier than Love, but he lists only nine reasons—the tenth is for you to decide. Click the following link to take a look at David’s list, and let him know what you think the tenth reason is.

10 Reasons Why Law is Easier than Love


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8 Responses to Come to Me All Who are Weary and Burdened Down and I Will Give You Rules

  1. michaeleeast says:

    Perhaps this legalism is the millstone around our necks.


  2. Chas says:

    Tim, maybe what is so often missed is that we need to learn from God. He has taken me back once again to Matthew 11:29-30 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light. This shows us that we do have to do something, but we have to ask God to show us what our particular yoke is.


    • jesuswithoutbaggage says:

      Chas, I agree that we need to learn from God–through Jesus. I think Jesus’ instruction (yoke) is easy in that it is not burdensome like legalism is, but we still need to LEARN how to love others; it is not automatic. I am posting on that issue on Monday.


      • Chas says:

        Tim, I’m sure that your post will be invaluable, because maybe we all need to learn how to love. If we feel inadequate at loving, then there is a danger that our wanting to love others as ourselves could itself become a burden.


        • jesuswithoutbaggage says:

          Chas, you make a very good point! So many people take Jesus’ statement: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ as one more legalistic rule–and a big one at that!

          This is why I try to emphasis that we don’t try to love others because it is a rule but because we respond to God’s love for us, love and respect ourselves more, and then try to see others as the loving Father sees them.

          And Yes; we have to learn and grow in order to express the love of the Father by loving others.

          Excellent point! Thanks!


  3. I LOVE that cartoon! It slices right through the blur of ambiguity and makes it absolutely clear that Jesus does NOT want us fearfully following religious rituals and/or rules, but simply to follow the law of love.
    “Simple”, however, is not the same as “easy.” Loving can be hard to do, especially if we don’t LIKE the person we’re trying to love—but as long as our motive is to agree and cooperate with the Holy Spirit as best we are able, we will be on the right track (“the Way”).


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