I’ve come to notice that, often times, a lot of christians “christianity” extends only to the furthest point of their own comfort zone, at which point things become “not christian” anymore, even if those things are biblically sound.
This seems to be much more prevalent in women than in men, but men are trained to use their wives/mothers discomfort as a guage as to whether or not something is “christian” or not. For example: Biblical headship. It’s in the bible, its scripturally sound and a quick reading of several verses prove that God intended man to have authority over his wife similar to the authority he has over his children. Unfortunately, however, this is an uncomfortable stance to take for both men, who are not comfortable wielding that much authority over their wives, and women, who are not comfortable having their husbands wield that kind of authority over them. Thus excuses are made and verses are intentionally twisted so that TRUE biblical authority from a husband comes from being under the authority of his wife, and he becomes her “servant leader”
We also see this when the subject of the apostle Paul’s assertion that women should be quiet when in church, and seek their husbands answer when they have questions about scripture:
1 Corinthians 14:
34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.
35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
Look at those verses! “For it is A SHAME for women to speak in the church”. A. SHAME! Yet nearly every church you go to will in no way attempt to enforce that the women within be silent, and those that do are called “backward” or “legalistic”. Women don’t do well at being silent, and asking them to do so will almost immediately illicit howls of oppression and abuse.
These are just a couple of examples, but plenty of others can be found, maybe more than I could possibly list in this post.
Rather than using the actual word of God as the foundation of the church it seems the church has decided to use feelings as its foundation and has taught both men and women to do the same with their own christian walks. As a result we end up with weak christians who’s understanding of the word is warped because their feelings change their understanding and obedience.
God doesn’t call us to “feel good” about His commandments or the bible in general, but rather he calls us to obedience! We may not always be comfortable with what the Lord tells us to do, but if we trust that He is a good and perfect God then we trust that His commandments are good and perfect and meant for our good!
Its not always easy to be a christian. The world hates us and satan would love nothing more than to throw a wrench into our walk and destroy our faith. Fortunately, however, God has given us His own words to give us direction! We need only do as commanded, not for our own salvation, because we don’t earn our salvation through actions, but because these commandments are good and for our benefit!
As always do not take anything I have said as gospel truth, pick up your bible and read it yourself. Compare what I have said to what it says. I merely write about what I have seen in the church, in fellow christians and even in myself, but I am always open to discussion and even changing my position on something if doing so will bring me in line with the bible.
What do you think? Have you seen this in action?