What’s The REASON?

A few days ago I posted lyrics to a Derek Webb song titled, “A New Law”. I hope you read them, and let them sink in. If not, I encourage you to click the above link, skip the stuff I wrote, and READ the lyrics. Or, just go listen to it. At the end I gave some examples about how as Christians we tend to slap new rules and regulations on things for the sake of ease, but miss the root issue in the process. We do things in an attempt to protect, or shield others from potential evils while sometimes killing the good in those things. (I have friends who got married several years ago, but had trouble with their sex life. They’d been taught their entire lives about the evils of sex, but never about the beauties when done “properly”) Here are two other examples I used in the last post:

“It is easier for me to tell my kids not to say curse words (give them a new law), than it is for me to teach them over time how to have love in their hearts instead of anger. It is easier for me to tell every young person I meet not to drink, and that it’s a sin (To “protect” them from it’s potential evils) than it is for me to teach them the truth about moderation & drunkenness. You get the point…”

What are some other things you can think of that we do as believers that miss the point? What are some ways we create “new laws” when it’s unnecessary? How has this negatively affected how the lost world around us views Christians, and The Church?

4 thoughts on “What’s The REASON?

  1. oh man, there are so many examples of ways that New Laws have been created, it’d be impossible to list them all…

    liturgies, dress codes, church rosters, “quiet times” (which are great, but can easily be turned into legalistic hoops to jump through…), heck, practically anything that is meant to be motivated by love, can be taken and turned into something binding, ceasing to be an element of relationship with God. Things like communion, prayer, preaching, bible-studies, all these important things, we’ve seen them all be twisted into something that is missing the motive of love…

    That is what the world so often doesn’t see. They may see religious ritual, and attempts at being self-disciplined, but not love for what Christ has done…

    ” 7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son[b] into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for[c] our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (1 John 4:7-12)

  2. I think it’s had a negative impact in that the world knows more about what we are against rather than what we are for. They look at Christianity and instead of seeing the beauty of Christ loving us, they see lists of rules compiled into “dos” and “don’ts”.

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