Twenty Things Christians CAN’t Do

I don’t know about you, but I used to think being a Christian was more about what you couldn’t do than what you could do. Here are twenty things that made my list:

Twenty Things Christians CAN’t Do

  1. Let non-Christians know that their life is hard.
  2. Be angry.
  3. Be anxious.
  4. Feel depressed.
  5. Speak their minds.
  6. Live alone.
  7. Drink.
  8. Dance.
  9. Do what they 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 they’re not attracted to him.
  17. Be introverted.
  18. Be sarcastic.
  19. Trust God to lead through their desires and make decisions based on them.
  20. Eat dessert first. (Kidding!)

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?

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About Author

Paula Marsteller

Paula Marsteller no longer tries to catch guys' attention by swallowing live goldfish, arm wrestling, and jumping down flights of stairs. (She's married to a wonderful man now!) She spends her days caring for her two young sons and seeking to practice "radically ordinary hospitality." She's the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom, and she and her family live in Central New York. You can catch her writing on PaulaWrites.com.

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