The idea of “religion” kinda irritates me. I’ll be frank, the word simply makes people automatically think of going to church on Sunday morning, and then leaving religion in a box until next Sunday. Religion confines the church to a steeple and four walls. If you ask me if I’m religious, I will automatically tell you no. It’s simple, really; I don’t believe in Religion, I believe in a Relationship.
Dictionary.com defines Religion as ‘a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.’ OK, while I do have a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, sometimes we Christians get caught up on the logistics. We miss the big picture. I am in absolutely no way saying that we should overlook these things, they are very important, but why would you miss the opportunity to share the gospel with someone because their views on the origin of the universe are different from ours? It is important to know that God created everything in 6 days, and that He sent His one and only Son to die for our sins. But my point is that if we get into a routine of ‘doing church’ we tend to do just that, fall into a routine. We become so comfortable in the everyday.
Dictionary.com defines Relationship as ‘connection between persons by blood or marriage’. I think that is very restricted, since friendships are relationships too, but it serves my point. The bible refers to the church as the bride of Christ. Why would the church be lazy, when we KNOW that we will one day be wedded with Christ?
You know, instead of a stereotypical routine, confined to four walls, I want a relationship. I want a God who I can fall in love with. Not a god who is nothing but a statue, but THE God, who, because of His love for me, makes me want to shout His name from the rooftops.
Do you have a RELATIONSHIP, or just Religion?