Giving Up Religion – Hope 103.2

Giving Up Religion

Read Matthew 23:1-4 1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. 3 So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. 4 They […]

By David ReayWednesday 8 Aug 2018LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 2 minutes

Read Matthew 23:1-4

1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. 3 So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. 4 They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden. (NLT)

More than once I have been asked to take a funeral service but not to conduct a religious service. It might seem strange for a Christian minister to be asked to do a non-religious service, but I am always happy to comply. And the feedback has been positive even as the good news of Jesus’ resurrection is shared at such services!

We can be thoroughly Christian without being ‘religious’. It seems people are not too hostile at Christianity, but are very wary of religion. So what is the menace of ‘religion’? It is hypocritical, as per our text today. It might proclaim some truths but these truths are not consistently lived out. It puts forward burdensome rules and rituals that make people feel worthless and hopeless.

Religion dabbles in superstition and magic. It puts human beings at the centre, manipulating divine powers. It creates institutions which oppress, which are the means by which some human beings get power over other human beings. In its efforts to reveal God it conceals him. No wonder people rebel against it.

Let’s pray that a dose of that sort of religion does not inoculate us against real Christianity. Let’s be stripped of such religion so as to be properly dressed for Jesus.

Blessings
David Reay