“What shall I do…?”
I asked a question yesterday in the “You know you’re a baptist when…” group on facebook.
“What are some things that Christians hold on to for dear life that, in all reality, have no effect on whether or not they’re saved…?”
I remember a man in the Bible asked a similiar question (ish) once. He came to Jesus and thought he had his act all together. He was a good man… a moral man… an upstanding citizen. This guy did EVERYthing right. He followed all the rules; probably made up a few rules of his own; preached them by his lifestyle; and yet, he was as lost as he could be. He was depending on all his works to get him to Heaven one day. And we know that’ll never fly.
“Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” ~ Mark 10:17b
Turns out a lot of Christians today have the same kind of attitude about salvation. Trying ever so hard to appear spiritual and earn Jesus’ favor on their lives, they robotically do the same things day after day without really knowing why they’re doing them. It’s all pointless.
Here’s some of the things people said in response to my question:
- Bible translation preferences.
- Preferences in music.
- The way we dress/dress standards.
- The “label” on your church or school.
- Who your parents are.
- Whether you come to church in a bus or car.
- Whether or not you’re a baptist (!! LOL)
- Personality and cultural differences.
- Wearing pantyhose to church vs. coming with bare legs.
- The “women don’t” rules that vary widely depending on the church.
- Not attending every single church outing/activity.
- Refusing to take your child with immune issues on visitation or to church during the flu season.
- Who your favorite preachers are.
- Which pew you sit in at church.
- If men have facial hair.
- If women wear makeup.
- The level of godliness you achieve based on the length of your hair.
- The way you pray or sing too loudly… or maybe you don’t sing loudly enough.
- Whether or not you volunteer to clean the church.
- Keeping a clean house as the example of Christ so that you may open the door no matter who knocks or when.
- Whether or not you mow the church’s lawn every Saturday afternoon so it looks good one Sunday.
- Holding the preacher’s family under constant scrutiny.
- The looks, ages, health, social status, height, weight, family background of those you choose to associate with.
I am thankful that I don’t *need* to hold to or follow ANY of these rules to ensure I have a spot in Heaven. There is only one thing that will ever get me there one day:
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” ~ Acts 4:12
What are some other things that people cling to for dear life?
What have you heard people say are requirements for Salvation?
Posted on September 2, 2011, in Questions in the Bible and tagged Convictions, Facebook, Legalism, Rich Young Ruler, Rules, Salvation, Standards, You know you're a baptist when.... Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.