I understand about fear. I struggled with it for a very, very long time. What frustrates and saddens me is
seeing the Church, the body and bride of Christ, being squashed under volumes of rules and regulations that God
never intended, Jesus didn’t preach, and the Holy Spirit doesn’t want us bound by. (The early Church agreed that the
only rules for the Gentiles who were being saved was not to drink the blood of animals sacrificed to idols, and not to
engage in sexual immorality. Acts 15:29) Church leaders don’t trust that God Himself can teach a follower the
difference between having a drink and practicing drunkenness. They don’t trust that God can shine light through the
darkest movie to either point out truths within, or educate and forewarn us of the evil in the world. They either
blame everything on the devil or pretend he doesn’t exist, but they certainly don’t teach Christians how to overcome
him and live a life of freedom — in this world — that makes Satan want to throw things at the nearest gate to hell.
The other problem with imposing false rules and regulations is that the majority won’t follow them. This
means they have been unnecessarily predestined for guilt and lying. A case in point: There is a Christian school in
my town, which has a contract containing all the things both the student and the parents can’t do. These include (but
probably aren’t limited to) dancing, secular music, R rated movies, and drinking alcohol (yes, I mean the parents).
When I asked for clarification, I was told that their definition of dancing included things like ballet, jazz, and formal
contemporary and hip-hop, not just informal dancing at parties. My kids have a teenage friend who attends this
school, and I asked the mom about the contract, mostly because I knew that the teenager does listen to secular
music, sees R rated movies, and dances. The mom told me that, yes, they’d all signed it, which for them wasn’t too
big a deal, but “of course”, if they went to a wedding or something, they’d dance or have champagne. Now, they
have 3 great sons who have all gone to this school, so I assume they have signed this contract 3 times over. With the
full intention of not abiding by it. I wonder if the leadership of that school realizes that it has taken man-made rules
and regulations, formalized and required them, and set up the people signing their contract to commit the real sin of
lying. It’s an interesting question, isn’t it?
Do you find yourself unsatisfied with “church as usual,” but don’t know why?
Do you wonder if the Christian life you’re living, which is like all the other Christians around you, is all there is?
Do you wonder why all the exciting stuff in the Bible seems so far from your own life?
Jesus came to set us free, but most of us don’t know what that really means. Find out in BUT GOD: Two Words to Freedom! Each chapter expands on the definition of Godly freedom in this life, and is followed by study questions to help you fulfill the purpose God has for you in His Kingdom on earth. Find out how living outside the Christian box; following Biblical principals regarding debt, forgiveness and relationships; and acknowledging the battle we face if we are advancing God’s Kingdom can set you free to be all that God created you to be.
About the author
Born and raised in Rockledge, Florida, Jennings spent her early years reading anything she could get her hands on, when she wasn’t spending time in and on the water. She won a prize in the 6th grade for her science fiction stories.
Jennings attended the University of the South and the University of Tampa, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, and almost enough credits for B.A.s in both English and History. She spent time over the years doing various kinds of script doctoring, business writing, editing, and teaching writing, but mostly having and raising her family, homeschooling her children, owning and running a business with her husband, and starting a non-profit to Uganda.