I thank you because you may have merely been enjoying my spotlight blogs and now are questioning how these religious rants are related to the Gaffner Chaos. I guess, effectively, these are my spotlight blogs. Because this is me. Always opinionated and always passionate, especially about my faith.
Don't worry, I will return to more light-hearted Gaffner Chaos anecdotes as soon as I complete this thought.
And complete it, we shall.
The most common argument I hear from the outspoken Christian breed that speaks against all things "worldly" is that we are called to be "in the world, but not of the world". There is actually no specific scripture which states this proposition, however much of Scripture indicates that we should be setting ourselves apart. In fact, holiness means to "set apart". This suggests that the moment that you believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord that your life should become different from those around you. Hopefully a good kind of different.
I think the confusion is over how we as Christians can live "IN" the world but not be "OF" the World and the assumption was made that in order to follow Christ we must turn our backs on the world. Enter the pharisee with all of his/her lists of what is right, wrong, and just plain "sinful". And despite my loathing of their annoying protests, I understand their motive. I think the problem is that they have the wrong orientation.
We have an awesome life road map in God's Word and it gives clear cut guidelines for "holy living", what it doesn't give... specifics. For example, Jesus talked about many things but whether or not one should listen to Christian rock or Christian bluegrass... not exactly one of his topics. Paul clearly states in Philippians that we should think about such things that encourage holiness, purity, etc (Philippians 4:8), but once again no specific guidelines for your entertainment preferences.
And YET I have seen and heard Christians bash other Christians and non-believers alike over the things they listen to, watch, and read.... things that are clearly not Biblically motivated but merely preferential. (And trust me there's a HUGE difference between a goofy comedic movie and porn, and the latter most certainly falls into that "unholy" category based on scripture that speaks specifically against sexual immorality.) But the fact remains that many have taken their own preferences and traditions and attempted to ascribe these man-made laws as gospel when in fact, they are not. Once again, it's all in the way they are oriented. What does that mean? Let me explain.
I learned the answer this weekend and it's tres simple. So simple a kid could understand.
(insert cute picture of my baby here... lol)