Not about what you don’t do

All that some people know about Christianity is that it won’t let you do things. A man once told Spurgeon, “I don’t drink, I don’t use tobacco, I don’t swear, I don’t attend theater.”

Spurgeon replied, “Do you eat hay?”

He said, “No, I don’t. What do you mean?”

And Spurgeon said, “I hoped you did something. Up to now you’ve been doing nothing.”

And to some people, Christianity is only what you don’t do. That’s not Christianity! The monks don’t do much; the man in India that goes naked and sleeps on spikes doesn’t do much either. He just lies around and rots. But that’s not Christianity.

There’s a love content in Christianity. And discounting all the irresponsible things people do, there is nevertheless a deep, healing, emotional content in the Christian life. That’s why the Bible calls the Church the Bride and Christ the Bridegroom. He means that His people should know His love and that we should feel it and sense it.

I’m trying to analyze love, yet you can’t describe love; you’ve got to feel it. You can see how it works, but you can’t describe it. And you don’t know it until you’ve felt it. So it is with the love of God.

A. W. Tozer and David E. Fessenden, The Attributes of God: Deeper into the Father’s Heart, vol. 2 (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread, 2001–), 192.

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