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Defeat and Hypocrisy

March 10, 2010

These types of articles always catch me off guard. I grew up with similar feelings, but was never able to put words to it.  However, these words, defeat and hypocrisy, perfectly describe the results of the problematic way we tend to live.

Taken from http://withoutwax.tv/2010/02/26/defeat-and-hypocrisy/

Defeat and Hypocrisy

By Pete Wilson

I continue to be amazed at how it always seems that religion complicates what God has made simple. I was reading last night in Matthew and reminded at how often Jesus tried to expose the complexities of religion.

Matt 23: 1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. 3 So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. 4 They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.

I grew up in a system of religion that was very similar to this. The “demands” often left me feeling crushed and wondering if God could ever accept and love me.

I discovered over time that religion and the rules that accompanied it really only produced two things: defeat, if you were honest, and hypocrisy, if you were not.

I spent years in hypocrisy which was fueled by my fear that I wasn’t “good enough.” I’ll be forever grateful that I eventually exchanged that system of religion in for a story of redemption. I’ll be forever grateful for discovering the meaning behind these beautiful words of Jesus…

Matthew 11: 28 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

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  1. March 11, 2010 11:23 am

    Amazing, freeing truths! I feel for the Christians who still live under the law…Christ did not call us to such a burden.

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