Why are Christians such control freaks? I think that it has been embedded into Christianity itself. Many believe that one must stay away from the “world” whatever that means? That the Christian must watch every move they make so carefully that they do everything in order to please God or be a good “witness.” The way I look at it, this causes nothing but, anxiety, depression, panic and fear. Supposedly we were saved by grace and not of ourselves; but that is not good enough. We always seem to need to add something to the program. We just cannot leave well enough alone. Maybe it seems too easy to really believe we are loved. That a kind God loves us so much he sent his son to die for us. While the Bible is filled with what I like to interpret as Christian suggestions; Jesus said to love. That includes loving ourselves enough to not become anxious over the faith that saved us.
We poison our youth with teaching of abstinence and staying away from the opposite sex as if they were the evil from man’s rib; and vice versa. Even as adults sexuality is such a huge issue within the church. Please, maybe if we talked about sex more openly we would not have these scandals. Yet this is just one way that many in church leadership control the people. I remember growing up not being able to watch TV on Sunday or doing any extra work. Yet we went out to eat after church with no one ever complaining about the restaurant workers; looking back it is confusing. I guess it is just human nature.
Examining our American society we all have been trained, you just do not get something for nothing. You have to work hard to live; that kind of sucks. God; I did not ask to be born here, couldn’t you have made me an angel? We must go to school, just to get a job, go into debt, now I must keep that job or loose the house and car; forced labor at its finest, what a scheme! Who invented this crap? What if I want to sit around all day and smoke bong hits, read my Bible and go about getting into adventures, helping people as I wonder the earth? Would they call me a Christian or a homeless man?
Time to rid ourselves of the shame! When Jesus was walking the earth he would complain about the heavy moral weight that the Pharisees would place on their converts. Often we come to Jesus and then decide now it is time to be a moral crusader. Is that what Jesus taught us to do? Go around teaching people how they should or should not live? I do not think so. He taught us to love one another and even that is an impossible feat. All we can do is try our best and not worry about it. Jesus said not to worry, so do not worry. Simple enough, but our human nature insists that there is more to it. I Wish I could tell you that there was a way out of this mindset. I do believe that some people are living lives of more freedom than others. As the apostle sad we need to crucify this flesh daily.