Right vs. Righteousness

Exo. 3:5 And He said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. 6 Morover He said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
Why in the world would anybody put chains on me? I’ve paid my dues to make it. Everybody wants me to be what they want me to be. I’m not happy when I try to fake it! No! Ooh, that’s why I’m easy, I’m easy like Sunday morning. That’s why I’m easy, I’m easy like Sunday morning.”
What is it like to be easy like Sunday morning”? For me it’s like being free of the harried (stressful) life we have to deal with during the week. It’s a time when we get away from the madness of our lives, and we can participate in activities that make us happy.  Why would anybody try to rob you of this opportunity?  It appears that there is a desire on the part of some people to fulfill their need by manipulating you! Their objective may be to get you to conform in a way that  restricts your ability to maximize your potential. It’s the Cinderella Syndrome in which you are relegated to a role that is not only unsatisfying, but it stifles your growth as a person.  Theologically, this syndrome restricts a principle to one context, and stunts maturity.
The Bible teaches us that God isno respecter of persons(Rom. 2:11; Act. 10:34-35; II Chr. 19:7). In terms of salvation, God doesn’t care about your sex, race, age, or class, He’s just wants you and I to have a righteous attitude. Why? Because “righteousness tends to life(Prv. 11:19), and life typifies the Will of God (Jhn. 6:40)! However, can we distinguish the difference between righteousness and being right?
Imagine two delivery trucks coming from opposite ends of a one-lane strip, both having a schedule to keep. Both are “right”, however, the one who moves over is righteous! In principle Prv. 11:19 (social level) mirrors the context in Mat. 6:33 (personal level)/Rom. 10:9 (spiritual level)! God is about the preservation of life, and wants us to be righteous – even before being right! This requires you to “put off thy shoes” (which are for “zombies”; mired; can’t attain God’s perspective or, “holy ground” – KEY SCRIPTURE). Does this  mean He wants us to do wrong? Of course not! However, our “right” may not reflect God’s purpose.
The spiritual path that Moses embarked on parallels God’s pattern, and is an emulation of Mankind’s, and our personal stages of moral development. Stage 1 is called Punishment and Obedience (“wrist-slapping”; Exo. 2:14, Gen. 2:17, Gen. 1:3). Stage 2Instrumental Exchange (“you scratch my back…”;  Exo. 2:21, Gen. 3:21, Gen. 1:7). Stage 3Interpersonal Conformity (“everyone’s doing it”; Exo. 2:22, Gen. 9:6, Gen. 1:12). Finally, Stage 4Introspective Reasoning; (“trying to find myself”; Exo. 3:1, Gen. 12:1, Gen. 1:16). Later, we will discuss the three final Stages of the spiritual development of Moses who, though lovingly, was trained to serve the purposes of Jethro (tend his flock, marry his daughter, etc.).

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