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Monday, August 15, 2005

Religious Checklist

The Unofficial Religious Checklist (Don't Do's) United States Version

#1. Don't smoke (anything that puts off an ember and smoke)

#2. Don't drink alcohol (cough medicine doesn't count)

#3. Do not cuss (don't even think it)

#4. Miss church more than once a month (even during football season)

#5. Only listen and / or watch Christian Music....(at least never admit listening to Mainstream Music) ....Rated R Movies are also NOT allowed (unless it is the Passion of the Christ)

Some of the Christian sub-culture which is mostly a Religious sub-culture would have you believe that if you don't do the things listed above, you are a "good Christian"....the reality is these things alone only show a life that practices religion. There isn't much spiritual life to them.

(spiritual life vs religious life)


Blogger supersimbo said...

haha nice one man, i reckon its worse where you are than over here for that sort of rule keeping christianity

7:11 AM  
Blogger mattroden said...

Have you read the Christian Culture Survival Guide by Matthew Turner?

8:31 PM  
Blogger supersimbo said...

mmmm no i must check that out

3:29 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

i totally agree with that list...when people are doing it to be legalistic and "religious," which many do...

but, what about those people who hold to some of those things for truly pure motives...not just to be more "religious" or to show off...??

i hope this doesn't sound rude, but i'm kinda sick of people knockin' "not drinking and not smoking and not cussing." though there are those totally superficial ones out there who just stick to the don't's in order to appear more holy, there ARE those who really want to genuinely LIVE the thing and this is what they feel God has led them to.

i'm one of those. that's not to say i've never done any of those or messed up. i guess what bugs me the most is that there's this whole new resurgence where those who choose to not do the "don't's" are made to feel like they are shallow, superficial and doing something wrong by those who do do the "don't's." it used to be the other way around...i know.

i don't really know what the answer to the whole thing is. Bible references is a whole other long discussion. there are those our there who are not just simply "keeping rules," but who are really living a full life without these things and feel like this is how God has directed them to live (both in His Word and through conviction). i'm not a prude...i promise!!

thanks for listening to my ramblings. this is always a fun, lengthy and necessary discussion. just thought i'd heat it up a bit:)

10:08 AM  
Blogger *The Blogstar said...

Lindsay has some great elaborations. I plan on going a bit deeper with some thoughts soon, but for now I just wanted to say thatnks to everyone that has left comments and sent me messages.

Most everyone is saying that it is good to talk about things that NO one has wanted to talk about for too long. As simple as that is, I agree. Eventhough I don't have all the "right" answers, I just want to ask some "why" questions. We should be secure enough in our faith (why we do or don't do things).


3:32 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

I agree! It makes for a good discussion! I referenced your post on my blog, too, to see if it would generate more talk...we'll see what everyone has to say.

7:26 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

I just found (in my ethics book) some really interesting "questions" to ask yourself as a Christian when making decisions about things that don't appear as moral absolutes in the Bible. I made a list of them on my blog (too long to post here)! Check them out if you'd like!

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What so many people fail to understand is that doing any of these things or not doing any of thse things doesn't make them more or less of a sinner. We are all guilty, and as God's elect, washed by the blood of the Lamb.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

God knocks on the door, hoping we will quit following rules and actually listen to him. This is easier for some than for others, and a result of their worship is that they just don't do things that displease God, or that get in the way of their relationship with Him.

What looks like rule-following might be something very different. We need to take some time to understand people, which is what God does.

8:51 AM  
Anonymous brian said...

This is an awesome subject! Christ looks at our motives. Where's your heart in all this. There are limitations. We can not let our bodies be mastered by anything, whether it is smoking, pepsi, or even the need to sit in the same place, in the same pew, every sunday. But, as a leader and a witness of our most Holy and Awesome God, we should not even have "the appearance of evil". One of my pastor's once said, "smoking doesn't send you to hell, it just makes you smell like you've been there!"

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it intersting that this post sems to have the most comments from any other entry.

Must have touched a nerve my friend.


8:57 AM  

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