Permission vs. Forgiveness
It has been said there are two kinds of people in the world. Those who ask permission and those who ask forgiveness. I’ve always been one to ask permission. As a boy, Saturday morning cartoons were the best. I liked to get up early to watch them all. But every Friday evening I’d ask my parents what time I could get out of bed the next morning. They always said, “7:30am.” To me, 7:30am was late. I always got up with the sun. 7:30am meant I’d have to wait in bed forever before I could go downstairs to the family room and flip on the TV. Often, to pass time, I’d sit on the edge of the bed with my feet dangling off, staring at the clock on the wall across the room. The second, the very second, the clock read 7:30am I was out of bed like a shot. No time for the stairs, I’d jump down from one landing to the next. There were cartoons to be watched. No time to waste!
I don’t like to break rules because breaking rules means there will likely be punishment. And who likes to get in trouble? I certainly do not. Following the rules and asking permission means I won't ever get into trouble or be punished.
There are, however, times when a quick decision has to be made and there is no time to ask permission. Like the time my sister had an allergic reaction to peanuts and my parents had to speed to get her to the hospital. From the back seat I said, “Dad you’re speeding. What if we get pulled over?” He said to me, “I’ll keep speeding until we get to the hospital then the officer can give me my ticket.” We made it to the hospital without getting a ticket and my sister got the treatment she needed, but my dad didn’t have time to stop and ask if it was okay for us to speed. He just had to do it.
There are some instances when breaking the rules is necessary. When a person must be willing to take a risk in order to help another person. Following the rules and asking permission might mean we miss an opportunity to do what is good and right.
As we read through the Gospel of Mark this spring during church, we learn that Jesus both followed the rules and broke them. It is clear he loves God with all his heart, mind, and soul - the greatest of all the commandments. He followed God’s will for him, which led him to hang on the cross. Jesus followed God’s rules for his life.
Jesus also broke the rules. He worked on the Sabbath by healing the injured, sick, and broken, which was a direct violation of the established rules. The Pharisees were all over him for that one. Notice the difference. Jesus never violated God’s commands, but the established rules that got in the way of healing, helping, and making people whole; those are the ones Jesus crashed straight through.
In Jesus we see an obedient will follower and a forgiveness seeker. So, maybe, as disciples of Jesus we ought to be both: permission askers and forgiveness askers. People dedicated to obeying God’s commands and willing to break the established rules to tend to the injured, sick and broken.
Ask for permission. Ask for forgiveness. Both have a place in this world. Knowing when to do which is difficult to know. We don’t want to get it wrong. We don’t want to miss an opportunity to help. If we look to Jesus as our lead we will never go wrong. We will know just what to do when the time arises.
As Christians we both ask for permission and ask for forgiveness.
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