It seems to me that we have taken something quite simple and complicated it.
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” -Micah 6:8
“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” -James 1:27
“And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.’” -Matthew 22:37-40
According to these three scriptures, this is what needs to be done: Do Justice; Love Kindness; Walk Humbly With Your God; Visit Orphans And Widows; Keep Oneself Unstained By The World; Love The Lord Your God With All Your Heart, Soul And Mind; And Love Your Neighbor As Yourself.
Not to say that is a simple and easy list – it isn’t. And I’m sure by searching the scriptures, more can be added to it but I do think these three scriptures sum up quite a bit. To me, it seems that many Christians have taken this list and complicated it quite a bit – adding in a lot of other rules and rituals that need to be followed. Not that rules or traditions are necessarily bad but at times it seems we are missing the point. We’re getting too caught up in going through the motions and doing things because we should be doing them.
How about this – let’s just focus on love for now. Love your God. Love your neighbor.