Are Christians Too Obedient?

The Misfit Christian book by Carolyn Henderson at Amazon.com

Stop worrying about fitting in, and start focusing on following Christ. When you do this, you’ll be a misfit in the contemporary world of Christianity. Paperback and digital at Amazon.com.

Should you question authority?

You bet.

Generally I avoid words like “should,” “ought,” and “must,” because they are frequently misused to manipulate people into doing things that they don’t want to do, as in,

“You should go to Sunday School.”

“You ought to tithe regularly to your local church.”

“You mustn’t question everything you’re told or people will think that you’re difficult.”

But if a person is questioning human authority in light of divine teaching — which all free-thinking people should, should do —  these three dictates won’t influence him, because he’ll stop, consider, and, in the case of a serious, thinking Christian, crack open his Bible and research:

“Is Sunday School even mentioned in Scripture?”

“Isn’t tithing an Old Testament decree?”

Ocean Breeze oil painting of woman with red cloth on beach at sunset by Steve Henderson

For all that we talk about freedom in Christ, how often do we actually live it? Ocean Breeze, original oil painting by Steve Henderson; licensed open edition print at Great Big Canvas, Framed Canvas Art, and iCanvasART.

“The Bereans of the New Testament — they checked out everything the Apostle Paul said. If they checked out the Apostle Paul, what’s to stop me from questioning the words of my pastor? or Joel Osteen? or Dave Ramsey? or Joyce Meyers, James Dobson, Bev Moore, Rick Warren, Tim LaHaye, Pat Robertson, Billy Graham or Carolyn Henderson?”

Please follow the link to Should You Question Authority? my Commonsense Christianity blog at BeliefNet. As regular readers know, I am only able to post a teaser here, with the hope that you’ll be intrigued enough by what you see to read the rest.

We’ve got to wake up, my friends, and the general message of establishment Christianity is keeping us asleep, especially in the United States. Those with the money and the name to get their message out there are preaching the gospel of follow me, do what I say, don’t ask questions, just get through Sunday and live the rest of your life like the rest of society.

Is it any wonder that Christians, and their message, are considered ineffectual and out of step with real life? If you don’t want to be this way, then don’t.

This article is linked to Simple Moments Stick, Essential Things, Fellowship Friday, Family Fun Friday, A Mama’s Story, Hungry Hippo, Love Bakes Good Cakes, Life of a Lost Muse, Friday Flash Blog, A Look at the Book, Counting my BlessingsWhat Joy Is MineA Mama’s StoryThe Modest MomMoms the WordLife of FaithMum Mondays100 pound countdownSerendipity and SpiceThoughtful SpotA Life in BalanceMopping the Floor

Advertisements

About This Woman Writes

Carolyn Henderson is the marketing manager of Steve Henderson Fine Art. In addition to her This Woman Writes blog, Carolyn writes a regular art column for FineArtNews, an online newsletter for artists and art collectors.
This entry was posted in Art, blogging, Christian, Culture, Current Events, Daily Life, Faith, Family, fine art, home, Life, Lifestyle, Parenting, religion, spirituality and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Are Christians Too Obedient?

  1. Andrew says:

    You must be seriously walking with one foot at a time when you move! And you should absolutely let your arms swing freely when you do. And then you ought to ponder about your next step all the time. Then you are noticed. And that you should absolutely not be aware of!

    I love your post. Take care! 🙂

  2. Leaving a note and share on the link! Thanks for sharing!

    Your co-host from Creative Style Linkup ~~April~~

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s