How Law and Order Threaten Our Christian Walk
Law and order threaten our Christian walk. Not the TV show… probably. But rather our desire for the safety and comfort of rules and rituals to prevent us from having to experience the unexpected movement of God in our lives.
The Bible says that “God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it!” (2 Corinthians 3:17 MSG)
I grew up in a good church that had plenty of rules – don’t run in church, don’t chew gum during church, don’t laugh in church, don’t come walking up the aisle in the middle of the service with fake vampire teeth smiling at the Sunday School superintendent (long story).
I’ve been an avid rule follower as long as I can remember (except for that vampire thing). So I often miss out on the spontaneous, surprising, deeply powerful and unexpected movements of the Spirit of God. Yes, the Bible talks about having order in the church. It also says the principle of law isn’t a bad thing in and of itself. But when self-imposed rules and rituals prevent us from experiencing everything the Spirit of God wants to do in our midst, there’s a problem.
Wherever God is, His Spirit is, and where His Spirit is, there is always freedom. So freely seek Him today – all of Him you can get! And give Him all of you that He wants.
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