…this is what my youngest son said this past New Year’s Eve. We were sitting in a Mexican Restaurant, the best place for theological discussions by the way, and out of the blue he says this. I laughed at first and then asked him if he really was a Christian.
There is so much wrong with that statement, that it would be hard to know where to begin. I decided to give as complete and detailed explanation of the Gospel as he could understand. But I have thought off and on about his statement for the past week. There are three wrong views expressed in the statement.
First, he assumed he was a Christian because his parents are Christians. He’s always gone to Church and Sunday School, and he reads his devotions at night. But that does not make him a Christian.
Second, he assumed that because he did not indulge himself in this particular ‘sin’, that he was a Christian.
Third, he assumed that because he was a Christian, mohawks were off-limits.
In other words, he is a legalist. I can’t think of anything I’ve said that would give him this idea, but do I live my life in such a way as to display legalism to him? I know my words are on target concerning the Gospel, but is my life on target concerning the Gospel? Do I live my life as a legalist? Am I Peter in Galatians 2? I’ve been asking myself this question ever since that night.
Sorry. No answers yet.
It’s something to think about anyway…