Faith is free. This may be stating the obvious, but so often big, simple truths can get lost in the complexity of religiousness. I have found it is something I need to remind myself of as a person spends time around the Christian faith.
If a person is like me and trying to learn, you may get some faith material pushed to your email. You don’t receive the blog alone though. What comes attached to it usually is some sort of series to purchase.
I am sure they have good content, are well intended, and provide benefit to those who consume them.
But… Flashy marketing and the promises that the material makes, can undermine the source of the faith which is the Word of God. A person does not wanna get lost in the forest and forget where they come from.
To me, it’s like reading all sorts of articles and blogs on how to get fit. Eat this way. Exercise this way. Wear this gear. Then go out and buy whatever is the latest thing. It might all be good stuff. It could be totally valuable in helping you reaching your goals. It can also completely distract you from why you were there for in the first place. For You! And now you’ve spent a bunch of cash.
With faith issues, why were looking anyways? Because you found out God loves YOU and wants to give himself to you.
You can get a free bible. You can read John, Acts, and Romans and get the full understanding of everything “Christian.” You can memorize scripture to strain your brain and get strong. You can read a Proverb a day to get wisdom in your head and have your thinking changed. You can network with other believers and learn from each other. It doesn’t have to cost you a dime.
How do I know this to be true? By the Word of God.
For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the FREE gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17 (ESV)
Free is Free, right? I don’t think God planned for so much funds in exchange for truth. Pay for the lights in your church? Sure. Support those who serve? Absolutely. It’s the proliferation of the “Christian” marketplace that freaks me out. Strikes me wrong. Gives me the heebeegeebees and the bad vibes of religion.
The way I see it, if there is any exchange it’s found in salvation itself. For my brain, it works like a banking transaction.
God gives you the gift of faith debit card found within the gospel. You slide you card into the machine. Select “Transfer your debt to Jesus Christ,” press “OK, I believe,” and then the riches found in Christ’s righteousness are added to your account. Transaction completed. Full access granted. No cash required.
I am sure there are a zillion, “Yeah, but what about this? What about that?”
Yeah, I know. I may be a bit simpleminded. I’m not saying never buy nothing. Never read nothing. Never listen to anyone. That would be arrogant AND dumb.
I am saying don’t become a target market segment. Your a Disciple not a Consumer. Smart people, somewhere are very talented at blurring that distinction to sell you a “Gospel+” product.
In short, you cannot short cut the process of knowing God by purchasing a Fast Pass through others work. You’ll miss everything good along the way.
If you want faith that stands when SHTF, you need to go to God yourself. He is what you are searching for, so go to the source. God will provide.