There are statements being said all over blogs and other postings about subjects like, “Prayer must come back in schools and America must turn back to God.” There is a problem though with this and all the statements like it and that is it does not represent Christianity but is the epitome of religious dogma. When people make statements like this it makes me question whether or not they truly are even believers or are they just pawns in the religious order of things. Such thoughts and statements convey that if we do things that give the appearance of being holy or Godly then we will be holy. This is total bunk and deception. The reality is that forcing ones religious point of views on someone so they are trained to act a certain way will no more make one a Christian than setting in the waiting room of a doctor’s office will make them a surgeon. Believers are called believers because they believe in the finished works of Jesus and accept their true identity in Christ. There is no other way to experience this identity other than by faith, which has nothing to do with works. I would not say there is no good out of exposing people to the truth but we only need to look at all the Christian schools and you can see that even in a heavily saturated God focused setting that rules and regulations do not produce relationships.
Paul’s message to the world was one of an eternal relationship with God which was made possible by Jesus. It is by believing that Jesus is who he is and has accomplished what he did that we can partake in this restoration of fellowship and intimacy between us and our Father. For those who do truly believe there will be a change in their beliefs and behaviors, but to think that behavior modification will turn people into believers and establish a healthy relationship with God is wrong. What many are failing to see is that all over the world, and more so at home in America now, people’s hearts are changing to become more worldly and humanistic because those who claim to be Christians are not representing true biblical Christianity. Paul had no problem in the big picture of changing the way the world viewed God during his ministry because he believed the truth and shared it in very real, tangible and practical ways. Today you will most likely hear all the rules and regulations you must keep in order become or maintain your Christian status rather than what God has done to restore you back into a relationship.
Hopefully those who really want a relationship with God will wake up and realize that as Paul put it all things are lawful but not all things are expedient or edify. Placing burdens on people makes them in bondage to the burden instead of being free to experience the relationship the God desires to have with them. The bible teaches us that the Law made no one righteous but revealed sin and empowered sin. If those who claim to be Christians practiced true Christianity than just as Paul was able to influence the world by making true disciples, who in turned made more disciples, then also would today’s Christian have the same effect. But going after the world with this forced slave labor mentality that is preached so widely today as the carrot at the end of a stick will only keep producing the same results that it is currently getting.
If we truly start representing Christianity then America will turn back toward God, not by force but out of love and respect. If America and others keep preaching though religious dead works, rather than relationship, it will only keep getting worse. I get to talk to people regularly and the number one thing I always hear about is how they have this idea that because they have done good things or view themselves as a pretty good person they think they should go to heaven. They get this idea because of the weakness there is in the church saying that we are who we are by what we do rather than what God declares in that we are who we are by faith.