We all love legalists.

I was thinking today of all the legalistic things people do as Christians to fit in. How many people burned their cds? Thought it was wrong to drink or dance? I’d love to hear some things you’ve seen/done that were done from legalism.

  • Bruce Chant

    February 2, 2005, 7:36 am

    Mate, you’ve nailed me in one. I ditched all my CDs and stopped drinking! “secular” muic was the soundtrack of hell (apparently). I was captain legalism! I even removed my earring. What’s more I was told by one of my new christian “friends” I needed to have a christian sticker on my car, if I didn’t was I real christian?! true story, sadly.

  • rob the healer

    February 2, 2005, 9:04 am

    I did it all, starting in junior high — no drinking, no smoking, no cussing, no
    secular music. That lasted until about my junior year of high school, and then it
    all crumbled. The ironic (and sad) part is that the church I went to for 11 years
    was so hardcore about that stuff, but all the families in the church were falling apart.

  • D. Goodmanson

    February 2, 2005, 10:33 am

    It’s amazing how destructive legalism has been to the church. I think it is particularly revealing that Christ spent so much time teaching against this legalism, but we naturally want to use God/religion to be legalists.

  • Bruce Chant

    February 2, 2005, 7:46 pm

    True, legalism is destructive.
    But it’s also hilarious.

  • D. Goodmanson

    February 3, 2005, 10:12 am

    Check out Noel’s list at his website…he lists all the major legalism phases he’s gone through…

    Mid-1980’s – I went through a “Christian Music Phase” where I did not listen to any secular music. I didn’t force this legalism on others, rather I ever so subtely looked down on them. Of course they didn’t know this, because they were too busy listening to better music than I was and were stoned, of course.

    Late 1980’s – I went through an “Alex P. Keaton Phase” where I only wore collared shirts. Would I wear a t-shirt? Sure…over a collared shirt. Add this to the fact that I was a drama fag and you can probably guess how popular I was.

    (it keeps going…) 🙂

  • dan price

    February 3, 2005, 1:55 pm

    I went to a Baptist college, does that count???