Every year, more and more businesses, organizations and schools are instituting zero tolerance policies. Essentially, institutions punish any infraction of a rule, regardless of accidental mistakes or ignorance. This movement is geared toward eliminating the use and possession of illicit drugs as well as preventing weapons from entering buildings. Although every policy has its flaws, the overall goal is to provide a safe environment for children and adults.
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go; Joshua 1:7.”
The Old Testament has its own zero tolerance policy. Surrounded by cultures who worshiped gods and goddesses of earth, the Lord understood the temptations which lurk around every corner. Thus, as Moses retires and is about to pass the torch to Joshua, God introduces his zero tolerance policy to the nation of Israel. There was no ifs, ands or buts. Rather, God urged Joshua to be all in to achieve blessings and success in life.
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful, Joshua 1:8.
Today, anyone who holds to the principles within Joshua 1 is considered old fashion, radical and extremists. The idea of following a set of rules and regulations seem foolish, especially since God is invisible. Yet, if a mediocre life is what you desire, keep on living as you are. However, if results is what you are hungering, then trust and obey the advice in the Bible.
by Jay Mankus