Archive for May, 2007
My Pastor spoke today about sin, and the guilt and fear that often accompanies it. He mentioned a Chinese proverb, which said something along the lines of…..if you commit the same sin twice, you no longer feel guilty.
That’s a true statement….maybe not twice, but when we sin again and again, we eventaully don’t feel anything. If we cheat on our taxes every year, we might try to justify it at first, but after a while, we don’t even need to justify it, because it doesn’t bother us.
There’s one thing that many internet junkies and many kids of my generation do without even thinking about……
Jerry Falwell, a conservative evangelist, has recently passed away. Falwell was probably one of the most politically influential evangelists in the US, who has been credited for basically “mobilizing” the religious right, making them realize how much power they had, as a block of voters.
Falwell has always been a very controvercial figure. This is painfully obvious as, around the world and the net, people are bitterly celebrating his death.
I’ll admit, I wasn’t a fan of Falwell, but I can’t believe that people would actually celebrate the death of this man. I think that’s extremely poor taste. There are a lot of people who didn’t like him, but the truth is, he wasn’t that different than the plethora of evangelicals out there, and the people he influenced are still registered to vote, and still of the same mindset.
His death is not a victory, no matter what your beliefs are. How can people rejoice in someone’s death? Honestly, it makes me sick beyond words.
I hear those words uttered frequently from my fellow Christians….”It’s not a religion, it’s a relationship.”
I do believe that a relationship with Jesus is the most important things that we can experience, and the most important part of Christianity. That being said….I still have to argue with those who claim that Christianity is not a religion. I do believe that it’s a relationship, but I believe that it’s a religion as well.
Religion is a belief (spirituality, some might say), and the practices associated with those beliefs. God created us, and reveals Himself to us, so we do have that belief in Him. We also have practices associated with that belief, such as baptism, ministering, helping the poor, etc.
God basically created Judaism, giving priests instructions to teach the knowledge God gave them and the practices He commanded. Man might have changed it a bit, but God created it.
The Bible does seem to speak of true religion on a positive note….So I can’t help but disagree when people say that Christianity isn’t religion, or that we shouldn’t be “religious.” Religion is belief and practices, and we shouldn’t forsake the belief in God, nor should we forsake the practices that He has commanded.
Here are some words of encouragement….from someone else 🙂