Biblical ethics can be summarized in one word, a word you may (at least secretly) regard as overused, distasteful, and no fun at all: obedience. How fiercely our fleshly desire rebels at such a notion.

Obey? we cry deep inside—Never!
Obey—and give up my right to be who I want to be?
Obey—and make the petty interests of other people more important than my own concerns?
Obey—and give up the rationalized rules. I’m comfortable with in order to follow hard ideas in an ancient Book?

So touchy we are, and so blind!

We easily forget the revelation of God’s intentions that Moses made centuries ago: “I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you” (Deuteronomy 30:16).