Just in Case

by E.L. Anglin

Even after I've repeatedly told many who recently shared the fictitious Mark Zuckerberg stock giveaway that it was a scam they decided to leave their Facebook posts up "Just in case." That irrational hope, and misplaced trust, reminds me of the way many good people are lured into legalism.

The Bible doesn't forbid jewelry or make-up but someone, somewhere, over 50 years ago, taught that wearing it would send a person to hell so many won't "Just in case."

The Bible doesn't speak negatively about facial hair on males, but pastors preach against it so many will never have a beard "Just in case" it matters.

The list of things people do and do not do "Just in case" is long and varied: attend sports events, watch TV, go to a movie, swim, wear slacks or fingernail polish, cut their hair, dye their hair, drink a glass of wine...the list is ever-changing and endless.

The list is based upon the faulty idea that our goodness, like an insurance policy, covers what grace doesn't. The concept is akin to superstitions involving lucky coins, charms, and rabbit feet. The objects have no power. They cannot, and do not, act on our behalf yet people become enslaved to touching them, and horrified when they forget to do so.

"Just in case" theology stems from a complete lack of assurance. It reveals nagging doubts about one's standing with God and a fear that faith in God is not enough. It's the twin sister of "The Never Enough" Gospel."

I've read news stories about the elderly being preyed upon but never realized how gullible people of all ages can be.

Never operate from a position of fear. Don't obey man-made rules "Just in case" Jesus isn't enough. Doing so forwards the hoaxes of abusive theologians.

There is no power in your obedience to standards. Power has been given, and still resides, in the Son of God. If you are to do anything "Just in case" I suggest you believe in Him.


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