Don’t be fooled by the title, I don’t want you to stop reading your bible, praying or meditating on scripture. Indeed, the Christian’s duty is to love God and man (Mt 22:36-40), pursue holiness (1 Peter 1:16), and draw near to the Lord (James 4:8). However, if you make a habit of the practices below, your spiritual life will certainly suffer. If you’re wondering why you’re shorter with people, why the vibrancy in your devotional time is slim or missing, or perhaps why you just don’t “feel” close to the Lord, maybe you’ve already familiarized yourself with these 8-Steps.
Don’t read this incorrectly. This is satire. Sometimes a genre like this invokes a subtle “mockery” of our own short comings. And sometimes our shortcomings need to be mocked, like self-deprecation, in order for us to see our lives more clearly.
“I suppose (though it seems a hard saying) we should mind humiliation less if we were humbler.” -C.S. Lewis
Remember in all of these, no one likes a hypocrite. If you’ve been away from church, prayer, or reading your bible, now is not the time to start. If you start reading your bible, you will show everyone the inconsistency of being a bad Christian. No one likes the witness of a Christian living as a contradiction. Become consistent at being a distracted and ill-attentive.
Don’t go to church and change. Don’t read your bible and be convicted. Keep telling yourself the lies that you’re good enough to make yourself right with God on your own. Rest assured, these 8 simple steps won’t just hinder your walk with the Lord, they will utterly choke it out. Easy peasy, lemon-squeezy!
As the uneasiness and his reluctance to face it cut him off more and more from all real happiness, and as habit renders the pleasures of vanity and excitement and flippancy at once less pleasant and harder to forgo (for that is what habit fortunately does to a pleasure) you will find that anything or nothing is sufficient to attract his wandering attention
-Screwtape to Wormwood/The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
This article was orginally published by The Reformed Millennial here.