Turning Taboos into Temples

“Then Jesus stood up again and said to her. ‘Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?’

‘No, Sir,’ She said.

‘And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I. Go and sin no more.’ ”

 

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What is a taboo? Is it something that is a no-no to touch? Is it a place that can lead you into temptation? How about something that is not socially acceptable? That stigma is branded on places and things but does that count for people as well?

In Jesus’ day taboos were things untouchable or unclean. If you were a Jew there were many things you were prohibited to do. I would make a list of them but there are already whole books in the Bible full of rules and laws mapping that out. Let’s just say that God set a pretty perfect standard that they tried so hard to follow through with.

That is probably why the Religious leaders had a hard time with Jesus.

“If you are the Son of God why are you doing THAT or hanging out with someone who is…taboo? God is perfect and if you claim to be His Son, why do you associate with such lowly people?”  One of them points. “Like this one caught in the very act of adultery!”

If you really think about it from God’s perspective, His entire creation is imperfect now. Everything has the taint and deathly odor of sin. There isn’t a perfume on Earth good enough to cover that permeating stench. It’s like garlic that just comes out of our pores.

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That didn’t keep the Lord from coming. To get close to us, God took on the form of man. Perfection had to interact with imperfection. Sin had to meet its match and scream for mercy.

The temple was considered the Most Holy Place because God’s Spirit rested inside. It was special, but in reality it was just a manmade dwelling made of everyday materials. The dirt of the earth was tracked into it. Unclean people traveled in and out daily. It was never meant to keep man out but to draw them near. Yet, the Spirit of the Lord is what makes it holy, holy, holy.

Jesus said that our bodies were God’s temple. These imperfect broken jars of clay could hold the precious oil that when ignited gives light to the world. That is such a radical idea even today. We are taboo to God yet, He wants to dwell within us: Jew, Gentile, barbarian, murder, liar, leper, or whore.  Those words are hard to say or even write down. Yet, the truth is that anyone can be made new. He found a way to remove that stench of death. He made a way to remove the word TABOO that was tattooed on our very souls.

I love the fact that when the Lord enters a person they CAN’T stay the same. We may have been unclean or forsaken but that is our past life. We have born one way but when THE ONE WAY comes we are born anew. We don’t have a bad enough excuse to not come to God. You can’t be good enough to be perfect nor rotten enough to be rejected. We all come to the same broken place at the foot of the cross. Nothing, no one has ever remained taboo after they met Jesus.

Is there anything taboo in your life? Don’t make it an excuse to avoid a new life in Christ. The way is open and yesterday is the past. Let Him in and start making your holey temple a holy place.

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About gpavants

I am a writer and a teacher. I feel my platform is to encourage people to live a life of faith.
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One Response to Turning Taboos into Temples

  1. LAURENCE says:

    Great stuff, Gary. I especially like the fact that we can’t stay the same and how we are born one way and The One Way comes to give us new life.

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