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Rocket Science

2008-09-01

Would somebody please tell me what’s so difficult about these passages of scripture?

Do we really need a ”Christian Talmud“, a huge rule book that would embarrass the IRS, to tell us how to live? Judging by the books, blogs, and bluster coming from ”Christian leaders“ today, one would think so.

We have to be told what roles to play. We have to know what music we can listen to. We simply can’t go through the day without a list of approved jobs, hobbies, and books, a dress code, and attendance at every meeting, conference, and seminar. We can’t understand the Bible without official interpreters; we can’t be trusted to function as Christians without the ”covering“ or ”oversight“ of mere humans; we practically need to be told how to breathe and walk and talk!

None of that has anything to do with love, but everything to do with dependency and control. There is no discernment, so the poorest substitute-- ultra legalism and micro-management-- fills the void. Checking off boxes is so much easier than thinking, studying, praying, listening, and following the Spirit. We want, nay need, to have a List and check off the boxes. As Paul lamented to the Galatians, we have turned away from freedom and back to the worthless elements of the world.

How did it come to this? How is it that people can prefer oppression and shallowness to a deep relationship with God based upon love? What has Jesus done that was so wrong, that we should trade Him in on something more concrete and controllable? All I see these days coming from popular authors and entitled officials is legalism and conformity. The individual is to be hammered down into the preferred mold of whichever rulebook can control them.

That is the face of Christianity today, the one the world correctly identifies with the Taliban. It is not what Jesus planted or the apostles watered. Let’s leave the control freaks behind and start over; back to Jesus and the ”teachings of the apostles", the New Testament.

Be free!