- Religion and Philosophy
The liberal Church: We need to cut the noose but we don't believe in scissors
It has been weighing heavy on my mind in recent years that the Church is on an increasingly slippy slope- the slope of liberalism. And if it is indeed on a slope, then where does this slope end?? All slopes go downwards, and if we are moving away from God and His ways and going downwards instead, what does that infer about our destination, but a pit, and the deepest darkest unending one at that?
Liberalism in Christianity has always puzzled me. When I became a Christian at my conversion I had never felt more free and more fulfilled. An immense sense of satisfaction dwelt within me and became prominent in my life. I could not understand therefore, that a person who has been set free from the slavery of being in sin could want to shun the ways of the Bible and walk straight back into sin- and to call it liberal?? What?? What on Earth is liberating about having been freed from a soul-oppressing bondage and then walking straight back into it? Could you imagine a slave having gone through the worst and soul destroying oppression being set free by a gracious and loving savior, then plotting to find ways back into slavery?
I just don't get it. Why when Christ has paid such a great price for us (and indeed we were bought at a price, we are not our own!!) would we contrive ways to undo our freeing?
It is the voice of the Devil, a murderer and a liar from the start, who confuses us into thinking we have a better idea of freedom than the one God shows us. That's fairly strange, seeing as we had complete freedom to begin with and we gave it up for a piece of fruit (in the Garden of Eden), and then we had to suffer separation from God and religion and laws were given to us to help us appreciate God's holiness and how we fall short. But the most amazing thing happened! God sent His own Son to pay the price for our sinning and falling short of His perfectness and set us free from being hostage to a life of sin itself, but also from having to follow all the impossibly difficult to follow rules of the Old Testament (The Law itself). Whoopee, Hallelujah, you would think, but erm no. This shade of freedom (Though your sins be red as crimson yet I will make you white as snow, and, I will remember your sins no more) doesn't look good on me, I must find something a little darker, a little spoiled/ blemished. Ideally with some heavy chains that weigh me down so I cannot walk in the freedom to be holy that makes me so very uncomfortable. My chains, oh how I miss my chains.....
In what kind of world does a person hanker for the weight of sin, when Christ Himself has already taken it? In what kind of world do you have more freedom when you are chained?
And in what kind of society does the image of Freedom, the Church abandon God's teaching on freedom in Christ, for liberty serving the other Master who offers more 'options'.
Indeed we the Modern Western Church for the most part are tying a noose around our own neck and we seem to be too afraid to pick up the scissors to cut it. We need a turn back towards biblical integrity if we are to cry freedom in Christ's name. We need to take up the Sword Of Truth that is God's Word and we need to cut the ties that bind.
For the noose is ever tightening....