WHY ARE CHRISTIANS OBSESSED WITH FOLLOWING RULES?
I do not know if it is only where I live, but it often seems like Christians focus on blindly following rules. Interestingly, we know better. When the question is asked at Church, ‘How are we saved?,’ no one at my Church answers, “following commandments.” So we intellectually understand that rule following is not what it means to be a Christian.
So why do we focus on rules so often? Why do we make doing or not doing things one of the most important aspects of our Christian walk?
I am not saying that no lying, no swearing, no tattoos, no stealing, no smoking and the all-important supreme focus of the Christian’s life: no sex of any kind outside of marriage (and seemingly only controlled, conservative, and minimally-pleasurable sex within), are terrible ways to live life.
Well, actually, I might take issue with them if they are not . . . uh . . . strictly Biblical…but that may have to wait for a future post.
But the important question is: Why do we do this? Does any of this “no fun” behavior help us to be Saved? Or does it just confirm Lucifer’s first rebellious accusation against God: That He is a tyrannical dictator who just makes rules without the consent of His governed . . .
Am I wrong in thinking that if we just follow rules without knowing why or under what circumstances we should or should not follow those rules — than we should call ourselves “Church-ians” rather than “Christ-ians” ?
Really. Do these behaviors, these “thou shalt nots” make us better Christ-ians?
If so, then I assume that every single Girl- and Boy-Scout is a shoe-in for Heaven, right?
Does the Bible ever indicate that any of these things we refrain from has the power to save us?
Does refraining from them somehow make us better Christians?
How about better people?
Or have we forgotten what the first six letters in the word “Christ-ian” actually stand for. I mean, if we embraced the name we seem to devote much of our focus to, our name may become the slightly more unwieldy: “I-don’t-do-that-ian” or “I-don’t-enjoy-sex-ian” or “No-tats-under-my-shirt-ian”.
It seems that we follow these ‘rules’ that God may-or-may-not-have-established but have no reason to do so except all our fellow Christians do so.
Which makes me wonder: If everybody else decided to reject and jump off the “Salvation Bridge” or the “Salvation Cliff” . . . would you?
I would Love to hear your thoughts.
From my heart to yours,
Posted on November 23, 2014, in Meaning of Life, Rule Following and tagged Challenge, Character, Christians, Churchians, Decisions, Life, Meaning, Meaning of Life, Rule Following. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.