There are far too many who have a theology that is full of it. Perhaps that’s a bit crude, but the facade that people often create under the guise of theology is astounding. The legalist’s eyes turn brown as he disguises himself as a pious Christian, yet rambles on about the good he does. And far too many of us have one foot in the legalistic grave as we think we are far better off than we are. We think, “At least we aren’t like those sinners.” Or, equally as dangerous a legalism, “At least we aren’t like those legalistic Christians.”
Brandon Bennett, in a post on Mockinbird, introduced me to a brilliant book by a philosopher Harry Frankfurt that helps us define and describe bulls*t. Check out this definition he uses (he uses humbug as a synonym for bull) and see if it applies to the legalism that we often find ourselves trapped in.