I Don’t Do Religion

It starts with you. It always does, it always has. It’s all about you.

That may sound a little strange or selfish, but throughout this post, you’ll begin to see what I mean.

I easily get offended when people use the term “religion.” Religion sounds like it has a questionable connotation to it, along with a whole bunch of rules and traditions to follow.

That’s why I don’t do religion.

I’m a Christian. “Now, Collin,” you might be saying, “How can you be a Christian but not be religious?”

Oh, I’m so glad you asked!

Here’s the thing: Christianity is not religion. It’s not based off of works or tradition or prayers that have to be said just right in order to work.

Over time, we have forgotten the true crux for Christianity: a relationship with God. That’s the difference here. I don’t do religion, and you shouldn’t either. Being a Christian is about having a personal relationship with God. Going to church every Sunday, praying in public, or even reading your Bible is not what it’s all about. All three of those should be the domino effects of a relationship with God, but those aren’t what’s important.

Consider John 5:39-40: “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” What’s going on here is that people were missing the trees for the forest. They were busy searching the Scriptures, seeing what they had to do, when all that was needed was a step back and approach to the One who wrote it.

All God desires is a relationship with you. Romans 5:8 is a great example of how loving He is: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” But, now it’s your time to act. It’s about you right now. What are you going to do? Begin or grow your personal relationship with Him, and you’ll discover something much more than religion.

~ Collin

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Abi says:

    This is great. I’ve always noticed the different connotation that “religious” entails, and I’ve always wondered why it was different. This makes it so much easier to understand. Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Collin says:

      No problem! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      ~ Collin

      Like

  2. ashes2beautytrout says:

    Wow that was a great explanation of the difference between religion and Christianity. I’ve always shied away from using the word religion as well since it’s about relationship not rules or traditions. Thanks for writing Collin!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Collin says:

      Thank you so much! I appreciate your kind words 🙂 I totally agree with you in not using “religion” for those exact reasons. Thanks for stopping by!

      ~ Collin

      Liked by 1 person

Join the discussion!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s