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"The Sneetches"Stuart JonesSome of us who grew up in church can testify to the fact that many times the focus was more on what we were NOT supposed to do rather than what Jesus wants us TO do. We may have even lived by the belief that “Good Christians Don’t . . . go to movies . . . shop on Sunday . . . dress casually for church . . . play sports on Sunday . . . have long hair . . . listen to rock ‘n roll music.” It may have even gone as far as being told that good Christians don’t associate with non-Christians. They are evil. They will corrupt you. So, good Christians only associate with other good Christians. Our lives are not about do’s and don'ts; they are about being completely centered in Christ. Because of this, there is no need for fear, condemnation, or to follow some ritual or tradition. There is no need to arrogantly pass judgment on others for things that aren’t important while we ignore much greater things to come. Paul speaks about this in Colossians 2:16-23. Verse 20 says; “You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world.” Our traditions and even our worship are only shadows of the most important thing--our relationship with Jesus Christ and His desire for us to share His message and His love with the world.