Welcome to Three-Peat Tuesday!
Each weekly blog will contain three P’s: Pillar, Principle and Practical, all geared towards nourishing you on your personal and spiritual growth journey.
Pillar: Pure Religion
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
Principle: The End of Religion?
It should not surprise us that it was Jesus’ brother, James, who gave us religious folks, an indirect, gentle yet firm rebuke. He offered a true definition of religion: help those in need and preserve personal holiness.
There is nothing here about buildings or budgets, crowds or crusades. His message is about love in action. We love God by pursuing purity of heart, conscience and conduct and we help those who cannot repay us and who often have no voice.
Two books recently caused me to have a major paradigm shift when it comes to the practice of my faith. One is called Rethinking Church (2021) by Ron Highfield and the other is The End of Religion: Encountering the Subversive Spirituality of Jesus (2007) by Bruxy Cavey. The consistency of the two authors’ message is amazing, although they wrote independently of each other.
I have chosen to be a Christ follower and so I ask my fellow Christians: Have we missed the mark? Are we now more loyal to our denominations, traditions and creeds than to the author and perfector of our faith? Jesus invited people to come to God, through him, a person, not through an institution or organization.
Hear me out on this: we need community, and the assembly plays an important function, especially small tight-knit groups. But have we possibly for centuries put rules over relationships, legalism over love and patterns over principles?
I believe that God wants a radically different post-pandemic ekklēsia. Are we listening to his voice? I claim no special revelation here, but I desire to be attentive.
Practical: True Religion
Reflect soberly on whether for you religion has, in some respects, become more of the problem than the solution. Perhaps we all need to have a rethink.
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