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Deep Cleaning

One of the most clear-cut insights that my wife and I have seen is that the majority of students we come into contact with view Christianity as a moral code with a list of rules and a set of obligations. No matter how hard they try to convince you that they don’t believe that, it is clearly evident in their conversations that they see almost everything through that lens. Most students literally think that what Jesus wants to do is put us into his behavioral modification program. And I’m happy to note that nothing could be further from the truth.

There is a point in the Bible (Matthew 23) where Jesus runs into a bunch of religious leaders who want to put an entire culture under the microscope of their “behavioral modification program”. And He says some pretty interesting stuff to them, check it out. He tells them first that they are a bunch of actors, pretending to live the way they say other people should live. He says they put heavy weights on everyone else’s shoulders while being so …