• Taking Things to the Extreme

    by  • March 8, 2012 • * Safe for Work *, Frustration • 1 Comment

    Something that really bothers me is how some of my friends are taking their faith to the extreme. I’m a firm believer too, but there has to be a balance. I don’t discourage Bible study, but when that’s all you do and nothing else as a group then it’s taking things to the extreme. Play games, go out for a hike together as a group or do other things that involve building relationships and include sharing about your faith.

    You can’t work your way to heaven. It’s a gift given by God. They focus on the dos and don’ts so much that they forget that the reason those laws are even there is to protect and build that relationship of trust and love between them and God. Maybe this doesn’t make any sense, but I’m afraid for my friends because I’ve seen it happen so many times in the church with older people…but now it’s even young people and that’s scary to me.

    It’s the relationship that is the most important thing. Then everything else just falls into place more naturally….including the things we don’t want to do because we love God. He is the only one that can give that balance…but someone else also mentioned that professional help might be needed too for those who are becoming extreme.

    It’s just frustrating because they think they know what they are doing is right, but it’s taking things to the extreme. It’s not healthy. If we can’t even have balance in our spiritual life how are we going to have balance in any other part of our life either? Probably not happening. I’m not hear to judge, but I am afraid for some of my friends. But the truth is I don’t think I can say anything and that just bothers me even more.

    One Response to Taking Things to the Extreme

    1. k
      March 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      I don;t know that it is taking it to an extreme. Loving God is extreme, doing as He asks is extreme, there is no middle ground. But I do think that you are right. It is easy to get caught up in our own bubbles. We forget that God has placed us where we are to reach out to those around us. Maybe not with words, in fact, I don’t usually reach out with preaching. I care, I act on the love I have been given. You are also right in that when we fall in love with God, the right and wrong actions come more naturally. And if we focus on ONLY reading the word, we miss the other ways God might be speaking to us. And if we focus on only how we are supposed to act, it is easy to act that way because it is the right thing and not because we want to glorify God. I feel you in this. It is a hard thing. Our eyes should be looking at the world through His eyes, seeing needs, filling them, serving others. Maybe He wants to use you to show them balance and push their faith.

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