What if someone told you you had to do something you’re supposed to? Will you do it? I was on Tumblr and I read an article that someone wrote. I’m not in any way judging someone, nor am I trying to be or sound proud, religious and etc. She expressed herself by stating that at times you’re not supposed to be the “Christian”, do this and do that. She expressed that at times you just have to just be you, and she felt free, which is good in a way. But it brings about something that I’ve wanted to express to my fellow brothers and sisters in the faith.
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1 esv)
Now, as I read what she wrote, I felt compelled to express my own experience and beliefs, from what I learned reading Galatians. We are no longer under the law, but as well because of Christ we are made righteous. I don’t associate Christianity as a religion. Usually people turn heads or say something like, he’s one of those like that video on YouTube. But people can judge, I usually just shrug. I hold to my beliefs and what God has shown me and taught.
Thing is Christianity isn’t religion. You don’t have to follow a set of rules or do things because you have to. We are not perfect nor does God expect us to be perfect. The reason why we begin to change is because the spirit is working within us. We don’t have to go dressed to church, yet it is nice to be presentable and allow to be seen as respected. Some people then discuss holidays and what to eat or not to eat, Like Paul describes this in (1 cor. 8). Jesus described the commandments as loving God and loving thy neighbor.
It is true that within the church some people have separated it in three sections, the Christian life as whole. Most people try to associate to one more than the other, they are: the rules, the rituals, and then the relationship. There are people who focus solely on the rules: you’re supposed to do this, you can’t do that, and that in itself is religion and promotes man over God and takes away from God himself as trying to make yourself seem righteous. Rituals is more in turn baptizing, confessing your sins, tithing, and etc. While the relationship deals with in knowing Christ to be Lord and allowing your life to be moved By the spirit. People within the faith get lost without finding the balance. Just because we are not under the law anymore it does not mean that we should ignore it. Galatians 2:16 shows us that it is through faith in Christ we are made righteous.
The truth of the matter is, the Christian life isn’t easy. The closer we get to God The more we detest sin or move away from things that we used to do within the world. The more we think of things that are pure, holy. We are not called to follow a set of rules, we are told though to reflect Christ and the spirit helps us do so. It is not that we are supposed to do something, it is we respect God enough to change the way we are by abiding to things that benefit us and our brothers and sisters.
You can be yourself. You can as they say, “come as you are”. God accepts you and loves you. Just know that because of our choice to follow god, christ, we die to our old ways, repent and lead a life just like Christ. Don’t let religion invade, you are not “supposed to” follow a set of instructions. But be aware not to turn back to your selfish ways. We make our choices and allowing our own deceitful intentions or counter with the spirit. Be blessed.