Do I Hate Religion?

James 1:26-27 “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. 27Religion 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.” (ESV)

Do I hate Religion but love Jesus? No, I hate false religion and love Jesus.

 

Religion is not the enemy, Christianity is a religion. The enemy is false religion,  that which takes faith and holiness and relationship with the Triune God and replaces it with hypocrisy, self-righteousness, and legalism. True religion, pure and undefiled, is living according to the Word; doing the Word. True religion is trusting God (Heb. 13 & Matt. 5, et al.), true religion is taking care of the orphans and widows (James 1:27), true religion is pursuing righteousness as an outworking of faith (James 1:27,  2:14-26, Rom. 6, Matt. 5-6), true religion is loving God with all our being (Deut. 6:4-5, Mar 12:29-31). If we hate religion we sound foolish; for we are in a religion–the only true religion, but a religion at that–and the Word talks about religion; instead of hating “religion” we need to model true religion and live like the Word calls us to live.

 

LORD, I need Your grace to change and become who You are changing me to be. Show me how to model true, pure and undefiled, religion. LORDm make me a light in the darkness of this world that will reflect Your glory and show the world the difference between true religion and human religion. Praise be unto Your holy and righteous name oh glorious king.
Amen

 

re•li•gion \ri-ˈli-jən\ noun
[Middle English religioun, from Anglo-French religiun, Latin religion-, religio supernatural constraint, sanction, religious practice, perhaps from religare to restrain, tie back — more at RELY] 13th century
    1      a : the state of a religious 〈a nun in her 20th year of religion〉
      b      (1) : the service and worship of God or the supernatural
      (2) : commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance
  2      : a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
  3      archaic : scrupulous conformity : CONSCIENTIOUSNESS
  4      : a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith — re•li•gion•less adjective[1]

 

[1] Inc Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary., Eleventh ed. (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc., 2003).
Merriam-Webster, Inc. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Eleventh ed. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc., 2003.
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