Away with the rules!

This Christianity thing is hard!

Honestly, I’ve always been a “do the right thing”, type of person but I never actually thought about it or looked at it the way I do now. Everything is so different, now I can’t do the right thing just for the heck of it being right. I don’t know how to explain it really but, I do things with meaning and purpose or else they are not worth doing them.

Most people think of Christianity and see a long list of don’ts. All these seemingly wonderful things that you miss out on when you choose Christ. Luke warm looks so good when you look at it that way. Imagining how much you’ll miss out on waking up in a ditch somewhere, having sex with random strangers and all that wonderful stuff.. I know, I went a bit on the extreme about that, but considering all sin is equal in the eyes of God, does it really matter what example I used? It’s difficult, turning away from those little pleasures we have grown so accustomed to. Especially when the world says it’s okay, it’s all normal.

We have this list of rules, the ten commandments. They are hard, honestly most of us can’t even get past the first one without sinning.

 The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV)
1 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. (this includes and is not limited to: yourself, your possessions, your job, your loved ones, your money)
2 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments. (refer to the first commadment)
3 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. (have you ever said oh my __?)
4 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.(I honestly can’t even get into this one)
5 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.(well, we could start with the meaning of honor but i’m sure the parents have gotten the opposite of this at some point)
6 “You shall not murder. (if you have thought then it’s the same thing, so add that here)
7 “You shall not commit adultery.(refer to previous)
8 “You shall not steal.(yes this includes that pen)
9 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (liar, liar, pants on fire)
10 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.” (lust! i’m sure you know what that is)

So is there anyone who’s clean? Can anyone honestly say that it’s easy to follow those rules/guidelines or whatever you choose to call them? I doubt it. So why choose to focus on that? Why do we always focus on our failures and try so hard to be perfect when deep down we know we cannot?

Trying is good, it’s very important for us to work hard to do what is right but our focus cannot be on attaining perfection. I personally believe Christianity is actually defined by LOVE! We are asked to love God and each other, that’s the mot important thing. Instead of focusing on right and wrong, we should focus on love. Focus on caring for those around us and doing what is right by them. If we truly honest about doing that in the end we realize that everything else fall into place. Loving God through worship and devotion and study of the word and loving our neighbors.  When you focus on Him, you want to do what is pleasing to Him. You are unashamed to be associated with Him. It’s do or die and completely amazing. And when you love others, you want what’s best for them at all times and doing things that will cause them harm is the least likely thing you could ever do.

 

LOVE. So much easier that tip toeing around rules don’t you think?

1 Peter 4:8 (NIV)

8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
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6 thoughts on “Away with the rules!

  1. great post and fodder! this is why *I* personally believe that religion is man made. when you look at it none of those rules have anything to do with spiritual growth and oneness.

    think about this: humans cannot understand negative direction. for example, if i say DONT think about a pink elephant, the first thing you think of is a pink elephant – NOT to do so was abated by the subject. so then how can a religion be based on a bunch of rules advocating what “not” to do?

    i believe whole heartedly in god, just not the divisiveness of religion 😉

  2. When you do the dos, the don’ts are automatically done.
    Love your lord God with all of your heart mind soul. The others don’t happen. Love your neighbor as yourself, you will not lie, steal, cheat, or envy. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. That takes care of all the don’ts. It is when we let self get involved that sin enters. I am truly guilty of that at times.

  3. Hi Tracy,

    I use the analogy of the body being necessary for our life to continue. The rules (Ten Commandments etc.) are necessary and provide structure for our lives on planet earth. These, like our bodies, won’t be necessary for our glorified existence in His kingdom. The love (which is God) that is contained in the structure will never end.

    Every child prefers structure. When given a choice to play in an area that is fenced and one that is not, most will choose the fenced in area. As children of God, we need to choose the fenced in area.

    Lou

    • “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 peter 4:8”
      Human beings are not really good at the do not do this and that, they are guidelines yes and I live according to the laws i’m just saying we could try and focus more on love, and everything else will fall in place.

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