The world is filled with religion. And this religion is far more judgemental, far more legalistic, far more moral and far more exclusive than the gospel. This religion tells you that:
your body is salvation
your happiness is paramount
your choices are truth
your hope is yourself.
In this religion, independence is salvation. ‘Think different’ – but only to a point.
Christians, after all, are shockingly intolerant.
But step outside the world’s view of beauty or value or success – and you’ll find yourself
Many think that it’s Christians who are concerned with spreading their message. Pushing their beliefs down other people’s throats. Evangelising. Telling others how to live.
But it’s the world that preaches. It threatens and cajoles, pleads, screams and weeps. It’s on everything from skyscraper sized banners to the tick on your trainers. Before you’ve left the house it blares from your TV, your phone, your cereal box. Don’t be like THEM. Be the kind of person who wears x. Be the sort of person who likes y.
Whispers in the letterboxes and shouts in the malls. Promises and curses – on the bus and in the playground, on the beach and at the zoo. It’s our perfume, our pet-food, our kitchen units, our socks. Choose me. Choose right. This is what you matters. This is what you need.
This is the way, says the world. Now walk in it.
Be yourself (use our patented methods).
Be different (like us).
Be free (we’ll tell you how).
Be spectacular (because you’re not).
Be authentic (providing it’s permissible weaknesses).
Be relevant (consult us hourly for the new trends).
Be confident (by never dropping your mask).
Be the best (or die trying).
The world is lying when it claims to liberate us. The Bible tells the truth: “For freedom Christ has set us free.” (Galatians 5:1)