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  • Writer's pictureRhonda Harper

The Oxford Comma

Last night Steve told me he isn’t allowed to use the Oxford comma in any official documents in his office. For someone who was taught in school that improper use of the Oxford comma is wrong and will count against you in an essay, being told I can no longer use it seems absurd. Mentally, I would fight and argue with “the powers that be” about the absurdity of this rule. As an employee, I would go along (reluctantly) with the rule. After all, the use or non-use of an Oxford comma is not worth losing my job.


How does that apply to my daily walk with God? Moses argued with God, but never lost sight of the fact that God is God and has the ultimate control over his eternal home. We argue with God in lots of ways.


Sometimes we tell God we aren’t good enough. When we have God on our side, He supplies that need. He is our ‘good’ and our support. (Psalm 73:23-26)


We tell God we don’t know what to say or do in a given situation. If you want to know how to wire a house or crochet, you study. If you want to improve at baking bread or playing soccer, you practice. If you want to know how to talk to someone about Jesus or God’s plan of salvation; study the guide. (Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Timothy 2:15)


Are you still wondering how that Oxford comma fits in with your daily walk with God? Stop using it and see how strange you feel. Oh, eventually you may adjust to life without it, but in the back of your mind, it will always be there. Even though knowledge can never be taken from you, you can throw it away. Even though God can never be taken away from you, (Romans 8:31-39) you can throw Him away. Instead of throwing away God and His promises, build on them. Heaven is going to be worth all the study, with or without the Oxford comma.


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