Getting Rid of BAD Discipleship Paradigms
Some who follow Christ make two lists:
“The DO List” and “The DON”T DO List.”
I’ve lived this form of Christianity in the past, but now I’m determining to snuff it out once and for all!
When you live your Christian life with these two lists, your endeavors are entirely obsessed with trying to decipher what is in what list.
“Can I do this?” “Can I do that?”
“Is this a ‘no no’?” “How about that?”
And, oftentimes, this form of Christianity becomes:
“YOU had better not do that.” Even when “that” is not necessarily an absolute sin listed in the Bible. If I have determined that my “DON’T DO List” is a good one, I want to thrust it on everybody else.
And, in my experience, this form of Christianity becomes:
“I feel guilty all the time.” It is the Christianity of “sin management"--constantly scrambling to keep ourselves from doing what is in that “DON’T DO List.”
I’ve determined to no longer live this way. But it would not do to just become one of those “I’ll do whatever I want” Christians. That is even more harmful.
So here’s my TWO NEW LISTS:
The “These are CONSTRUCTIVE List,”
and the “These are DESTRUCTIVE List.”
With these two lists, I can focus on doing the things that are constructive to my Christian walk—especially in the categories of worshipping God, loving and serving people, and engaging and changing the culture.
I can also identify (and confess to God) the things that are destructive to my calling to follow Jesus. I can repent of these and then move on to the more pressing matters of living a constructive life. (I will no longer obsess over the "DON'T DO List". I will instead focus on the CONSTRUCTIVE List).
Yea, I choose to replace the old negative-focused lists with the new positive-focused lists.