My first year of college I practically lived at the Baptist Student Union. I was heavily involved with many aspects of what they did, and I loved it. My second year of college I wasn’t involved with the BSU at all. One afternoon I was walking across campus and saw an old friend from the year before headed my way. Thinking it would be a good time to chat and catch up I stopped to speak with him. I don’t really remember much of the conversation we shared, or how long it went on. What I remember most vividly was him telling me black was an evil color and I shouldn’t wear it as a Christian. I had some black jeans on at the time.
It’s interesting what we get in our brains as “to do” lists. Do you have a check list? I have had my share. Go to church – check. Attend Bible study – check. Read my Bible – check. Pray – check. Attend Sunday school – check. Hang out with the right people – check. Don’t curse – check. Stay within the societal norms – check. Oh, your list is your own and different, I know. Truth is mine has contained items I haven’t mentioned here as well. What I desire is to keep crossing things off my list until it looks like this:
- Know Jesus.
- Love God.
- Listen to the Holy Spirit.
There is a group who will be picketing the church I attend and two others in the area. The group claims to be a Christian group, and I attend a church who claims Christianity and the Bible as their base. The group sees our problem as not believing exactly the same as they do. They are going to help us by warning us we are going to hell. I see the group’s problem as they don’t think God’s grace and love are big enough to do the job they were designed to do.
It’s time to start taking the hurdles down.