I really enjoyed this post. I’ll let it speak for itself mostly, but as a summary, did you know:
The bible is more honest and dirty than most christians. Why do we clean it up and make it more respectable?
Why do we ignore the facts that some bible heroes were also drunks, depressed at times, even adulterers and murderers.
As a kid, a respectable religion of duty did not speak to me at all. If the point of church was to make me into a good boy and a good student who didn’t lash out against society and its elders, it failed to hook me.
Is that what we are presenting to people? Do’s and don’ts? Do read your bible. Don’t see rated R movies. Do come to church groups. Don’t go to clubs. Do what pleases God, be a nice quiet kid. Don’t drink.
It sounds dangerous to say that “defining the lines in life” is wrong, because that means that kids will go out to start to do whatever they want. However, if our churches became the moral do-good club and forgot the gospel, they aren’t a church, they are a self-improvement cult that breeds religion.
What is the gospel? God loving the world so much, that when we were enemies stuck in our stubborn ways, he loved us and pursued us. Can you do the same for your friends and your society?
Would you work in your town and your country for revitalizing society, doing justice, spreading truth, to the extent you might be arrested or beheaded for standing up to your oppressors?
Some churches domesticate the gospel, when it could lead you into the biggest adventure of your life. Being a respectable, well-behaved good person will hook no one, because that’s not the gospel. The gospel is freedom – you are forgiven, now go and live spiritually.
Let’s not swing into license to do any sin we choose, but we can stop pretending all christians are great people. We are honest people who should be more identified with our freedom and our love than we are with what we avoid.