I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:17-20
It was the first day of the first term of the brand new school, and so far all was going well. At the assembly the head addressed the school. “There’s only one thing I ask” she said, “that we all treat everyone with love and respect, that you treat everyone the way you’d like to be treated”.
It was simple and easy.
Until Suzy Bradshaw kicked Melanie Sanderson in the ankle for putting her tongue out at her.
The next day there was a sign up that said “No kicking please”.
And then Melanie Sanderson stole Alison Crawley’s ruler. (She had thought it was Suzy’s)
The next day there was a sign up that said “No stealing please”.
And then Robert Crawley, Alison’s brother, punched Stephen Sanderson, Melanie’s brother, because he was upset that his sister was upset.
And the next day there was a sign up that said “No punching please”.
And after some time there were so many signs it looked silly, so they were all put into a rule book and everybody was given a copy.
And after some more time nobody remembered that in the beginning it was so simple.
Until Suzy Bradshaw was hit by a bus.
Shocked by their loss they huddled in groups and cried. They bought flowers and tied them to the school gates. They talked about her in assembly as counsellors stood by. And for a while nobody kicked, nobody stole, and nobody punched, and they all remembered to treat each other the way they’d want to be treated, with love and respect. And on the shelves the rule books gathered dust.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfil. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:17-20