I have already received some feedback from my post yesterday.

First, the person brought to my attention how ridiculously long the entry was. (A realization that I already had observed for myself).  My sincere apologies for being so verbose.  :)

Next, the person said that as they read, they could see where my agenda was headed.

This has prompted me to clarify that I did not aim to poke fun, be rude, or mock Christians (much).  I can do this because I am one.  Rather, my posting was a way of bringing into focus for both myself and others that which is truly essential for the new believer.  We try all too often to make certain things important that are not.  We expect a new Christian to suddenly follow a long list of dos and don'ts that (to us) are basic or inherent for someone who wants to follow Christ.  It was my purpose to challenge all of us to think about what is essential for the early stages of someone's discipleship.

One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, "What commandment is the foremost of all?"  Jesus answered, "The foremost is, 'HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.' "The second is this, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' There is no other commandment greater than these."  ~Mark 12:28-31~
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On April 9, 2010 at 11:34 AM , Addie Walters said...

I really, really liked your post yesterday. I totally understood what you were trying to accomplish - some of the items on your list are things I've actually thought on occasion. How silly can we sometimes be as Christians? We can either make our lives very, very complicated with (self-imposed) rules and miss out on the blessings and joys Christ gives us, or we can choose to just relax, focus on serving Christ and loving others, and be who we need to be in Christ.

My main thought when I read your post was that I need to focus on MY PERSONAL WALK, and not to be judgemental of how I think others are (or should be)walking. Just because I feel convicted not to read secular books doesn't mean my Christian neighbor has the same convictions - therefore who am I to stand in judgement of them? (I actually touched on this a little in my own post today...biblical views of vegetarianim vs. meat-eaters.:))

Great post Cole!