Legalism is wrong. It is laying a burden on people that they cannot bear and demanding a standard of living that God does not demand in order to be guiltless. It is an obstacle in being free to follow Christ wholly and happily.
But here’s my question? At what point have we fallen into the trap of becoming legalists about legalism?
For the time being, it seems the greatest threat to gospel-telling in such a society is not that we will be hauled before the city council, beaten, and have our property taken away. What we are really dealing with is some awkwardness.
Awkwardness is perhaps the biggest threat to evangelism for far too many of us.
A few great picks to add to your Kindle:
Wednesdays were Pretty Normal: A Boy, Cancer, And God by Michael Kelley – $2.99
Date Your Wife by Justin Buzzard – $5.39
Practicing Affirmation by Sam Crabtree – $2.95
Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson – $5.99
The amazing truth is that God invites us into his story even while we are still sinners. Remember, we’re a mess. We don’t live in the perfection of God’s shalom, we live in the chaos that comes after the fall. We are the unfaithful spouse who spurned God countless times and spread corruption and pollution everywhere in his creation. We’re the ones who rejected God and began worshipping ourselves. We’re the sinners.
And that’s precisely who God invites into his Kingdom.