Wednesday, January 3, 2018


After a farmer’s barn burned down, all the neighbors gathered one Saturday to help rebuilt it. Some of the men were told to saw the rafters. They first cut a rafter and then traced around it with a pencil and cut another one. They based the third rafter on the second, the fourth on the third, and so forth. What they didn’t take into account was the width of the pencil mark. Each rafter was one pencil mark wider than the one before. After a while, this made a difference. By lunch time they looked at the barn and discovered that it was leaning at a strange angle because they had deviated ever so gradually from the original standard.

It only takes tiny deviations from biblical standards to turn a person or a culture in different and dangerous directions.