Ever since I was young tyke going to various churches, I heard a phrase that was crammed so far into my skull that I believed it to be absolute truth as if it was carved right into a third tablet. Even into my adult years I would still feel the pressure from this guilt-inducing saying.
I would hear from the pulpit and from the laity… Christians MUST set aside “Quiet Time”!
I was successfully indoctrinated that a “quiet time” or personal devotional time was mandatory in the life of a committed Christian.
Quiet time? What in the world is that, and who came up with this crap. I was taught that God will bless me if I read my bible every day, as if the act of reading the scriptures was some kind of mystical hazing ritual where we would gain power over God to get His blessings and favors. Well, I am going to say this so-called belief that God gives us grace as a reward for our consistent devotions is antithetical to what Jesus Christ Himself is all about.
This ridiculous Jesus jargon must stop. This is one saying that down right irks my ass. Prayer and bible study are completely different from what the “institutional” church has been calling “quiet time” for centuries.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
I find it quite ironic that “quiet time” has become a huge cause of defeat among many Christians I have met. There were many times over the past 10 years as I attended church that I felt a deep sense of failure, and attached with that a huge feeling of guilt and shame because I went a few days without reading my bible.
On top of that came another layer of guilt to lay on even thicker. There was added guilt of not just HOW you should be doing your “quiet time” every day, but WHEN you should be doing it. I heard many times that the only “true” time for “quiet time” was as soon as you wake up first thing in the morning. So to add even more BS to the saying, why not add the principle of “first fruits” to the mix. So, if I would not pray or read the bible when I woke up I would feel like shit during the day because I missed the optimum opportunity to read and pray. Double guilt.. that’s awesome!
Please do not take this post to say we should never pray or read our bibles. We should do both, and do it together out of our love for each other and Christ. We just do not need to be doing it the way the institutional church teaches…. a must to be rewarded as a committed Christian. I cannot find anywhere in scripture that we as believers are “commanded” to have “quiet time”… so stop teaching it as such.
As you can tell, I have been a tad irritated by the phrase “quiet time”, and many other phrases the “church” pumps out each week. But, I do not have a problem with others using it to describe what they do on a daily basis. If a person wants to do that every day, so be it. I just do not think it is a commandment like it is taught.
Anyone out there know where I am coming from?
I am a committed Christian and I have not read my bible in weeks. Bet that statement makes a few Christians vomit. Oh yeah, another phrase to add the BS list … “how many people did you “witness” to this week?”… ahhh don’t get me started…