Anonymous asked: Tell me why, oh, why do a lot of Christians think Christianity is about being far away from society as possible? Examples: “Oh, you went to the movies today? That’s two hours of Bible study you wasted.” “Jesus could come back any minute, and here you are, going to a pool party.” And my personal favorite, “Please, oh, PLEASE give up secular music! It’ll change your life!” I mean—-really? What the heck is up with that? Did I miss something?
I answered: People have said those things to you…like..out loud? That is unbelievably ridiculous. I love most of the Bible Studies I’ve been to, but 2 hours…we all have lives to lead, save something for next week. And who is to say that Jesus is anti-pool party, Jesus may be a canon ball enthusiast, who’s to say? And I love some Christian music, my Tumblr has it’s fair share of Andrew Peterson, but anybody telling me that the couple of gigs worth of Beatles on my iTunes is a sin…come on dude there are real problems in the world. The short answer is that these people are tools. But your question was what made them that way?
Romans 14:3-4 says this:
The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
Which basically boils down to, when it comes to things that are a matter of personal taste, mind your business. But people who are anti-everything believe that if they accidentally hear 2 seconds of a Beyonce song, the whole world will just explode into a late days of the Roman empire debauchery situation.
So the deal that Paul describes in Romans is: if you don’t like movies or secular music, don’t listen to it. But on the flip side, those of us who dig that stuff shouldn’t make our stand on it either. Verse 19 says:
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification
So, they are failing at that but make sure you don’t. Which shouldn’t be hard because, these people don’t exactly sound like a good hang anyway.