“Consistency is the crutch of small minds.” Tex (from a letter to my kids)
Some people said Jesus was inconsistent because He said people should abide by the law one time, and the next time He said people should be led by the Spirit, and be merciful to lawbreakers. Even in the Old Testament, God said He’d rather have someone with an obedient heart than sacrifice, even though sacrifice was according to the law.
Over and over in the Bible, it says that God looks at the heart. Somehow or other it should be the way we look at it too. I’m sure people ought to do what they say they will, but you don’t have to do the same way ever time. Different situations require different responses.
And this isn’t situation ethics either. It is just realizing that we ascribe to a higher law, which is layman’s terms is being true to God and the people that God puts you with, above being true to man’s law or any dogmatic principle. (How do you know which is is right? If you’re seeking God, you’ll know.) Like it says in the Bible, “This is the first and great commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, . . . And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” This is the fulfillment of all of the law and all of the prophets. If you love God, you will keep His commandments; if you love your neighbor, you’ll treat him right.
My experience has been that if you abide by these two commandments, you won’t always appear consistent to the world, but you will usually do the right thing, and you will be consistent to God and in your heart.
Someone has said, “Love God and hate sin.” But you can love God and hate sin and still not love others. So, I guess we can just listen to Jesus.