Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

A group of teenaged friends is walking through a candy shop. One of them picks up a piece of candy and secretly slides it into her pocket. Later, the others see it and are disappointed. But, she responds, “It’s only a small piece of candy!”

A man sees those dreaded blue lights flashing in the rearview mirror and hears that spine-tingling siren. The officer taps on the window and politely informs the man that he is driving 30 mph in a 25 mph zone. He wants the man to know that they enforce the strict speed limit because of all the children living on the streets. The man whines, “But, it’s only 5 miles over!”

A doctor performs an appendectomy like he has done hundreds of times before. The patient, however, does not recover well. Finally, they discover that the doctor nicked the patient’s intestine during the procedure. The hole allowed poison to spread all over the stomach area. When confronted, the doctor replied, “Oh, it is only a nick. Besides, I have done hundreds of these surgeries and this is the only one in which this has happened. It’s no big deal!”

We might be tempted to downplay the candy incident, even though we know it is wrong. We might wish for the officer to let the man off with a warning recognizing the potential danger of the situation. But, we sure don’t want to give this doctor a pass. However, in each case, it is only one little thing, in comparison to the overall situation, that is problematic.

Jesus said in His famous sermon the mount, “.,.,.one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:18) In other words, every letter God wrote is important. We cannot overlook a single one!