Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices - mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law - justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
Last week, I open up my Blogger home page to an unexpected announcement from parent, Google. Rules and regulations have invaded the blogosphere!!! And I'd best comply.
Now, I do understand the inherent merit of this move; precautions must be taken to secure the privacy of email addresses, and assure subscribers that their information will not be compromised in any way, shape or form. But Racer and I have a question: Would you have even subscribed to Meditations of My Heart if you had the least inkling that your personal information would be jeopardized?
We think not!
However, just to make everything crystal clear per Google's instructions, we assure you of the following:
- We will follow the guidelines of the GDPR (General Data Processing Regulation) as set forth by the EU. This means that if you are a European subscriber to this blog, I will inform you if I ever collect any info from you, which I never intend to do.
- Email addresses are for the sole purpose of receiving this blog to which you are subscribed, no matter what side of the pond you live on.
- We promote nothing on this site except for The Glade Series and Adventures in The Glade; we are advertisement free.
- We will never, ever sell your email addresses, or share with others without your explicit permission.
Okay, Google, how did I do?
Somehow, I feel like this offering is my mint, dill and cumin, not my justice, mercy and faithfulness. Because if you follow Jesus as I do, rules and regulations aren't necessary.
As St. Paul tells us in Galatians 5:22-24: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such thing there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Against such things there is no law . . .
But Jesus also tells us to practice the latter, without neglecting the former; the latter should spring forth from the former when one is devoted to the Lord.
Because once we become Christians, rules and regulations don't have to be spelled out.
They are lived out.