Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Lie of Legalism/Moralism

This is something that's been on my heart for some time. As Christians we know how legalism/moralism could be harmful to our brothers and sisters in Christ, and to the unity of the body of Christ. What is often overlooked is how harmful it could be to oneself.

One clear symptom of legalism/moralism is that we categorize and label people in a simple dichotomy of right and wrong, black and white, or who's worthy of God and who's not. It is judgemental. It leaves no room for God's grace and mercy.

The danger of legalism/moralism is that we bought in the idea that our salvation is up to the good things I do, and the right decisions I make. To an extreme, it's as if saying that we do not need God in our daily living. We only need God at our conversion and at the end of time. This mindset may ultimately leads either to self-deception or a mental break down when a wrong decision or a spiritual mistake is made.

Legalism/moralism denies the reality that we all live and move and have our being in this world because God has allowed us to be imperfect, and to exist in the gray area. However, the gray area is where God's grace is. As compare to the holy God, who would have a stand in the white? Who could call themselves right? Who is worthy of God? The false expectation of the world and oneself is often the cause of depression.

I'm writing this, therefore, not so much as to advocate for any group of people or any cause, but to advocate for you. Give yourself a break. This world is not either black or white, you are not either black or white. We needed God's grace prior to our salvation, we needed it at our conversion, and we need it in everyday of our life. And blessed are us that our God was, is, and always will be.

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