“I’m not a Christian because I don’t want anyone telling me what to do.”
So says the “free-thinking” agnostic living in his parents basement (moments before his mom yells at him to take out the trash).
All joking aside, this is by far and away the number one reason people reject Christianity. It’s not the Young Earthers, it’s not the talking donkey, the problem of evil, or the supposed “contradictions” in the Bible. It’s the all-enticing desire to occupy God’s throne; to be in control of your own life (Romans 1:19-32).
Rejecting Christ because of the felt-obligations you perceive He will place on your life is tantamount to rejecting the largest contract in baseball history because of a clause in the fine print that would prohibit you from chewing tobacco on the field. Lunacy. Does not He who formed you have the right to dictate your purpose? And it’s not like you’re getting a shabby deal (with the forgiveness and sonship and all)! I am reminded of a quote from J. Vernon McGee where he says:
“This is God’s universe, and God does things His way. You may have a better way, but you don’t have a universe!”J. Vernon McGee
God sent His Son to die a sinner’s death to save a mass of ungodly rebels from the penalty their sin required that they may live forever in His presence as objects of His gloriously steadfast affection. Obedience to His commands is [for the Christian] a means of expressing gratitude to God for His marvelous mercy towards a people who deserve nothing but swift justice. It’s not a burden, it’s a privilege.
What is worse, to learn obedience in this life or to suffer the anguish of a blessingless existence in the next?
We are exactly as C.S. Lewis describes us in The Weight of Glory:
“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”C.S. Lewis
Don’t reject the love of God because you want to”do your own thing.” That’s stupid.