Thursday, April 14, 2011

Making room for God

Some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath." But others said, "How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?"- John 9 v 16

The question I am asking today:

Is there room in my religion for God.

There was nothing wrong with keeping the sabbath. After all it was God's idea. But mankind are past masters at taking a God idea and turning it into a straight jacket of dead religion. Somehow they turned the idea of a day focused on the magnificence of God into a check box of do's and don'ts.

I confess my life is scared to the core by spending my early christian life in a community of believers who, although lovely well meaning people, had fallen into the trap of turning a God idea of grace into a treadmill of a never ending and growing list of rules.

God had slowly and quietly been moved to the sidelines and replaced with my feeble and failing attempts to be good. Knowing the rules seemed to be more important than knowing God.

I'm now free from many of the old rules now. I go to the cinema, I watch TV on Sunday, I've played golf (badly) on a Sunday, I've even had the old beer. But we have a way of replacing old rules with new and find new ways of focusing on anything but God.

Whatever I do I must always make room for God. Without him the guy would still have been blind. With him our lives take on a supernatural dimension. Make room for God.


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