Recently a religious woman in our town threw an accusation my way. “You know, she admits to listening to secular music.” Wow! I thought. That’s the worse thing I do? Well then, I must be in pretty good shape!
Where do we as Christians get the idea that everything is evil and nothing is good?
“No pants on women, it makes them look like men.”
“Don’t say Oh My God! It’s taking the Lord’s Name in Vain.”
“No sleeveless blouses on women, armpits are evil.”
okay I made up the armpits are evil but really what is the reason a woman can’t show her shoulders in public?
“No crosses whatsoever, they are demonic!”
Okay but in movies they ward off vampires….just saying…..
“HIDE! On Halloween.”
Uh, because this is the only day the LORD didn’t make right? (Insert sarcastic snicker here)
“Dance at the altar before the Lord or you are not really worshiping.”
“Don’t dance at the altar before the Lord. This is not a disco!”
“Contemporary music is just a fad, hymns will come back.”
“You can’t watch a rated R movie, but look the other way, and pass the cash over to your kids so they can go see it.”
“No spaghetti straps on dresses.”
This is especially true if you even remotely attractive.
This is critical if you are someone in danger of making a golden calf.
Can you think of more?
Then let’s go to the other spectrum:
“We live together because if we got married, I’d lose my benefits. God sees my heart.”
“I taught Sunday School before. Let someone else have a turn.”
This is usually followed by a rant about children today.
“I don’t report my tips to the IRS. They don’t need my money.”
“I work part-time because otherwise my ex would get her back child support.”
Bible study? Girl, I’ve read the bible several times, what can you teach me?”
It’s not gossip if it’s true.
I’m just wondering at what point we stop fighting each other, live out what the word says, quit making excuses and speaking in half truths, which are lies we tell ourselves to make us feel good, and get on with the business at hand? What is the business at hand? To reach out to people who are hurting and show them a Jesus who loves them, not because they look right, act right or are right, but because he just does.
Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ. –Dietrich Bonhoeffer
How do we get anything done when we won’t stop living in religious fear and condemnation of one another. As I told the TLC women recently, “What makes you right?”