When I was a child, I understood that being a real Christian meant not doing certain things. Those evil things that I understood to be un-Christian-like were things that would lead you down the highway to hell. Here were a few of those no-no’s…
- Certain types of card games (like poker)
My thought process was if you didn’t dance, dip, drink, cuss or do one of the other unmentionables, you were a good Christian. Oh, and you simply had to go to church. I even remember one day looking at my old dog Samson and thinking, “Sam doesn’t drink, cuss, smoke or dance. He is by far the best Christian I know.” (I didn’t know at the time that Samson, much like the guy who he was named after, was chasing wild women at night time. Another no-no that was later to be added to my list.)
While I still try to refrain from most of the above no-no list, it wasn’t until later in my spiritual maturing process that I came to understand that Christianity wasn’t defined by what we didn’t do, but by what we choose to do. It is when we choose to love, when we choose to serve others and when we choose to have a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ that we are Christians.
Sadly, I still meet many Christians today who still hold to that old “AA” belief about being a Christian. They simply believe that abstinence from the no-no’s and attendance get you into heaven.
So, what did you think were “evil” things when you were a kid?