When I talk to people who are not Christians about why they are not saved, sometimes I hear because there are too many rules to follow. If you read the Bible, you will note that there are practices that Christians are commanded to do and others that we are commanded to abstain from doing. All of it really boils down to two commands, “Love the Lord, your God, with everything you have,” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Following these two rules alone will help us continue to do right and refrain from doing wrong.
The rules are in place so that we can live lives that bring God glory and so that we will not hurt ourselves and others. As my parents always said, “They are for your own good.” If you do not believe me, break a few of God’s commands and see how that works out for you. Trust me, I have been there, done that, got a T-shirt, keychain, and a coffee mug. Why would I callously break rule that I know are for my own good because, when I was younger, they seemed like major burdens. I know I am not alone. Some Christians act as though they are literally bound by the chains of righteousness. It seems as though living a holy life means that we cannot have any fun.
Not long ago, I told a friend that I was going to write a book called, “Christian Girls Do That?” Whenever someone sees me having fun it seems counterintuitive for them to be able to believe that I am a Christian. Apparently, most people think that in order to live a good, Christian life, one must be frigid and boring. But, I like to have a good time and I believe that the God who loves me and created me wants me to have a jubilant life within certain limits that He has placed for my own good.
Christians can have fun while following God’s commands. Think about it. Would you rather take a job where everyone got their jobs done while being bland and looking bored, or where the office was productive and the people were pleasant. I think most people would choose the latter, unless you are a glutton for punishment, so when we live as a daily witness, we should not act as though God’s commands are a burden. We need to show how they are a blessing, and then, we can win souls for Christ and not scare people away from Him. Ms. EV