It Would Be Easier If I Wasn’t A Christian: Part Four, Conclusion

This is the conclusion to an ongoing reflection on why being a Christian may or may not be worth it.
Part one is here. Part two is here. Part three is here.

Would it be easier to be a Christian?

Short answer: yes.

Everyone is both voluntarily and involuntarily mastered by a complexity of factors springing from a singular core belief. That’s not generalizing. If you’re free to do what you want you’re bound by the law of freedom, so then you’re not really free. If you follow rules to get freedom, you’re bound by those rules towards a non-freedom. Both extremes are counter-intuitive to what they claim to achieve. The drunken, partying, skirt-chasing, meth-using, vulgar-mouthed, belligerent next door neighbor is just as much a slave as the religious, uptight, pocket protected, non-smoking, short fingernails internet expert. One suffers by enjoying life; the other enjoys by life suffering.

Every de-churched person disagrees with the semantics of pseudo-freedom. “We’re actually free no matter what you say.” Immediately that’s the problem. A sense of superiority over one category is binding yourself to a hierarchy. Now there’s them and there’s you. The bridge has been effectively burned. Racism and bigotry emerge from categorical thinking. You might think you’ve escaped that, but the minute you think so you’ve only jumped ship to another category.

The Christian is called to be free, and I mean truly free. In the same breath Jesus said, “Carry your cross,” he said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” The unthoughtful person finds a contradiction; the less thoughtful person says all things in moderation. Jesus destroyed gray-area categories so we wouldn’t be constantly hopping from liberal leniency to conservative chokeholds and all the gradual spaces in between. If you think, “Jesus fits a category too,” that’s only because your familiar notions have trapped him in one: then we’re not talking the same Jesus but only your version of him.

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