Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Sinfulness of Slap Jack

By Allen White

The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I'm tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I've dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by Him. I didn't want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God's righteousness. Philippians 3:7-9 (MSG)

When I joined my home church at age 16, I had to sign a card where I reported that: I didn’t smoke. I didn’t drink. I didn’t commit adultery. I didn’t play cards. I didn’t roll dice. I didn’t go to movies. I could overeat, just not play slap jack.

When our relationship with God becomes a list of what we don’t do, our relationship has turned into a religion. The great thing about religion is that it puts us in control. The downside is that we’re in control and we trust in ourselves. Who are you trusting in?

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