Twenty Things Christians Can’t Do

bottle of whiskeyI used to (wrongly)  think that Christianity was all about what a Christian can’t do. Here are twenty things that made my list back then:

Twenty Things Christians Can’t Do

  1. Let non-Christians know your life is hard.
  2. Be angry.
  3. Be anxious.
  4. Feel depressed.
  5. Speak your mind.
  6. Live alone.
  7. Drink alcohol.
  8. Dance.
  9. Do what you want to do.
  10. Change churches.
  11. Come out on top.
  12. Rest and relax.
  13. Wear cute, stylish clothes.
  14. Watch movies.
  15. Save money. (Don’t Christians need to give all it away?)
  16. Turn down a guy ’cause you’re not attracted to him.
  17. Be introverted.
  18. Be sarcastic.
  19. Trust God to lead through your desires and make decisions based on them. (More on that here.)
  20. Eat dessert first. (Kidding. Kinda . . .)

What a skewed perspective I had! Tell me, does that list sound like:

  1. Being led by the Spirit of God, or . . .
  2. Living under the law?

Here’s a snapshot of the book of Galatians to help you figure it out:

A person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ (2:16).

I died to the law, so that I might live to God. . . . If righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose (vv. 19, 21).

Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? (3:2–3).

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery (5:1).

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh (v. 16).

If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law (v. 18).

My Twenty Things Christians CAN’t Do List was all about life under the law. And I have a sneaking suspicion I’m not the only one who’s lived most of my life under the law’s curse.

C’mon. Add to my list. What do you think Christians can’t do? What do others around you think Christians can’t do? Do you think we can reach fifty? Ready, set, go!