Are you tired from working so hard at being a Christian?
I’ve got good news for you: that’s not how it’s supposed to be, and it’s not all that hard to turn things around. At the end of this introduction I will point you toward some things that we can work on together to make serving Jesus easier.
You don’t have to stop believing in God. You don’t have to stop believing the Bible. You don’t even have to stop being an Evangelical. And you don’t have to risk going to hell. (It may feel like you’re risking going to hell for a little while. It did for me. But I wasn’t, and you won’t be, either.)
But you may have to change your mind about some of the things you’ve been taught. And you may end up… well… sticking out a little at your church. Not being just like everybody else. Maybe even making people a little suspicious ’cause you’re not really wrapped as tightly as they are.
But you can relax about pleasing God. He actually likes you, and He’ll still like you if you don’t believe everything your pastor tells you. He will actually be thrilled if you talk to Him about it, and ask questions expecting answers. And He’ll answer them… usually not in an audible voice, but you’ll start finding the explanations you’re asking about, and you’ll begin to understand better.
When I say we can relax, I do not mean that we can be casual. Nothing about serving Christ is casual. He calls for our full devotion. He wants to be part of everything we do, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The grace of God calls us to live holy lives and to do good and costly things. But what we are devoted to is God’s work, not ours, and he does it faithfully so long as we let him.
Jesus did not create a stiff, unnatural cult. He did not call us to make us weird. (Well, maybe a little weird. We are building a relationship with somebody who’s not visible, after all…) He does not condemn us for mistakes or for being different. He’s like a good Dad, ‘way better than the one you had (not intending to insult your Dad in any way). He created a family in which we can find rest and feel at home.
So let’s talk about how to get you to relax and enjoy God. Believe it or not, that’s very much what He wants.
If you follow the link below, you will get to a page that has links to several, short articles I’ve written about how to come to enjoy God more, and worry about it less. You don’t have to agree with me 100%. Sometimes I might take a shot at something you think is really important. Feel free to leave comments or to write me email to talk about it (firstname.lastname@example.org). But everything I write about here is something I found helpful on the road to enjoying life in the Kingdom of God.
Let’s get started…