Reckless 4 Jesus

Written by on December 9, 2019

Reckless 4 Jesus – I Hate Religion

“I believe the greatest trick of the devil is not to get us into some sort of evil but rather have us wasting time. This is why the devil tries so hard to get Christians to be religious.” -Donald Miller

 I’m going to be honest, I hate religion. Religion is nothing but a habit of practices that make people think they can attend church every Sunday, or be a preacher, and that alone will get them into heaven. News flash, there are so many religious people not getting through the golden gates. 

 After a while of going through the same old religion, God doesn’t seem so real or so great to us anymore. And that’s the biggest lie you can ever pull over on yourself. 

 I hate when I only remember to get on my Bible App so my daily streak will stay alive. Of course I read the verse of the day while I’m there, but that’s never as satisfying as seeing the number count beside the flame go up. When this happens I know I’ve fallen into the pit of quantity over quality. 

 I hate how I can know all of the words to some upbeat, modern, Christian pop song, but the beat and flashy strobe lights numb my heart to the lyrics and the message that stands behind it. I don’t even realize the power behind what I’m singing. I’m literally holding my hands up and just going through the motions. 

 I hate how I rush through my prayers or say a cliche memorized one before eating. As if it actually means anything, as if I’m truly grateful for my food. After all, Jesus said in Matthew 4:4 that people do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. Yet here I am clinging to the world to give me things that it never will be able to. Crazy what religion will do to ya. 

 But at the top of my list, what I hate more than anything is how Jesus suffered on the cross for me, and yet I still choose religion over him some days. He erased all of my screw ups from his memory, and by choosing this world over him, I keep putting God in the back of my mind the same way. God looks at us in genuine amazement, when He’s nothing more but a character in a story to us, unless of course there’s an emergency and then we cry out to him like we never steered away. 

 And just like that, without even realizing it, religion has transformed us into cookie cutter Christians. That is my absolute worst nightmare, let me just tell you. I refuse to ever become one again and I hope you do too. 

 You shouldn’t make interacting with God into a habit, but into the strongest relationship you have. If you need to lose your religion to do so, by all means do it.

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  1. Beth Sanders   On   April 26, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks Sarah, I truly needed to read the words you so eloquently spoke. I am in a place and time that so feels like you know exactly what I am going thru.

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