Ephesians 4:11-16 ESV And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, …
I am in the process of installing a small section of fence in my yard to keep my new puppy, a big lab, in my back yard. After making a few calls I quickly discovered that the cost to install a small fence to keep her out of my flower bed is very expensive so I decided to check out DIY fences.
It made me wonder what DIY Christianity would look like. If there was a Pinterest board or a website for it I think it would look a little like this.
- Read the Bible for yourself. No need to have a Pastor teach you anything. I am smart enough to read it and understand it on my own.
- Going to church isn’t important. Who needs to GO to church. I can pick one I like on TV. I can pick 3 or 4 different ones and watch them anytime I want to, while in my pj’s or cleaning house.
- Bible Studies aren’t necessary. I can buy all kind of Christian book about anything and do my own study. There is no reason to get dressed, take extra time away from my already busy schedule to meet with people to read and talk about a book together. Study on a book of the Bible…well refer to number 1.
- Church Events are an inconvenience – My schedule is already busy. I clean house, cut grass, grocery shop, do laundry and home maintenance all day on Saturday. Sunday is my day to rest and I am too tired after working all week to add anything else to my schedule.
- If I do go to church I don’t commit to just one. I prefer to visit other churches to keep it interesting – The good news is if I don’t go to the same church each week then I won’t get bored with the same people, same music, or the same preacher. I won’t be ask to volunteer and I won’t feel like I have to tithe since I don’t use their stuff every week.
Ok so maybe this DIY Christianity is real. I think there are a lot of Christians that fall into DIY Christianity but that is not what God intended for us. The scripture today says that he has equipped the saints to teach us and help us grow. Without going to the same church and sitting under one pastors teaching it is hard to Christians to grow. Bouncing around and not being committed to a body of believers in a church building allows you to be blown to and fro, which is not of God either. Find a good church and get involved. If you are trying DIY Christianity, try the real thing. It is better than anything you can do on your own. I PROMISE!