God’s Gonna Getcha! -Lenten Journey

MosesI was part of a very strict sect of Pentecostalism for over twenty years. We focused a lot on external appearances and preached against the evils of TV, rock music and cosmetics. We called it holiness, but it really was our badge of distinction that only served to make us weird.

Looking back we spent too much time on stupidity. I do not want to get into a lengthy discussion on what we were taught to observe and what to abstain from. Suffice it to say, we took God and living holy seriously…too seriously. And, what this did was cause a great deal of uncertainty regarding ones salvation and how one believed God saw them. We believed that the slightest infraction would result in “Gods gonnagetcha!” So, we wanted to make sure we did everything that God required…or at least what we thought he required according to our subjective interpretation of the bible.

Since then my view on god and beliefs have change dramatically. My journey is ongoing and my spirituality is still evolving. I have come to understand that God does not require that I look weird and live a monastic lifestyle. There is nothing I can do to make myself more holy. I am because He is. And, he does not want me to focus on holiness, but on being a catalyst for transformation and reformation in the world. I am here to help make the world become a better place.

The Prophet Micah said
“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God? “ (Micah 6.8)

That is the man I wish to become: one who does justly, loves mercy and walks humbly. Each one of these points is a sermon in itself and deserves further study into the meaning. So, let us stop with all the religious monkey business and focus on becoming more of what God requires of us. If we focus on what is really important we can make the world a better place.


~ by Daniel Toops on February 14, 2013.

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