Even as I’ve gotten older, that impression of church – the place where people behave – hasn’t fully left me. And, in fact, I don’t think most people ever totally shake that image. In our minds, most of us see a big flashing neon sign hanging above the front door of the church. The one that says: “Act Right.”

When we’re little, we behave because, for some reason, Jesus is offended by the retrieving of underwear that has gone to places it shouldn’t. Later, though, it becomes clear that this has nothing to do with Jesus.

The more direct implication, which all of us have long since realized, is that the religious people in this religious place will judge you if you don’t behave. By itself, this doesn’t have to be a huge problem. After all, the same dynamic exists in Country Clubs, Opera Halls, and Corporate Boardrooms.

No, the problem comes when we start to blend together what these people think, and what God thinks. Then we’re in trouble.

from the June Bridge Box Devotional

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