So, how religious are you?
For some the word “religion” is a curse word, for some it is something to be proud of. What are you? I have been asking myself this question.
If you look at how Jesus treated the most religious people of His day, the Pharisees, being religious is certainly not something most well-meaning Christians would try to attain.
And yet I ask myself, just how religious am I? Am I comfortable with sinners? Not to justify their sin, but comfortable with the sinner? The person? Jesus was. The Pharisees weren’t, they saw themselves as better.
So, does being merely religious mean you have all the outward behavior of a good Christian, but your heart is lacking? I think so.
The difference is between external appearances, and a living relationship with a Father God through His Son Jesus.
The one is about mere behavior, the other about pleasing a Father who loved us first.
We can easily talk the talk, but I have always been aware that I cannot only do that, I have to walk the walk. But even that is not the essence. The essence is a living relationship.
It can never just boil down to what we do and don’t do. It is like saying a marriage is good because you do all the things a married couple should do! No, a marriage is good if there is intimacy, a heart’s connection.
And so that is my definition of not being religious: A love relationship. Vibrant, alive and worth any effort to sustain. Out of that will flow God’s heart – a heart for me and you and a heart for a lost and dying world. Then I will obviously be comfortable with sinners because God’s love will overshadow my judgemental heart. Then I can love them towards the Lover of their souls!