I love this line written by Jase in today’s devotional. “The Bible is a love letter from God to humans, not a rule book.”
Logically, I know this. Spiritually, I love this. In practicality, I need to remember this more often. As an agnostic, I always thought religious people were mean. Then I was shocked to learn that Jesus also thought religious people were mean too. Luke 11:37 (NLT) (the subheading says “Jesus Criticizes the Religious Leaders”). The Words in Red say, “You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy-full of greed and wickedness!… For you crush people with unbearable religious demands, and you never lift a finger to ease the burden. What sorrow awaits you experts in religious law! For you remove the key to knowledge from the people. You don’t enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from entering”.
Yesterday I saw a tweet or a Facebook post that said “Churches are not a museum for the righteous, but a hospital for the hurting”. Oh how I love that reminder. A hospital is a great place to go when you need medicine, good health or healing. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if church was the same way?
The church can help heal you or they can beat you down. The Bible can be viewed as a rule book (disclaimer below) or as a love letter for the purpose of building you up. At the end of the day, it’s all about perspective. Let’s build each other up!
DISCLAIMER: I believe it is very important for Christians to read and learn the Bible and allow the Holy Spirit to guide, teach and convict as necessary. However, that is a private and voluntary relationship between you and the Bible.