Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Christian 'Religion' or Life

Is God real? Can I really talk to him and hear from him? These are questions that you might begin to ask if you were to spend some time in a typical congregation these days. I've been a follower of Christ for 21 years and in all that time I've only recently heard anyone talk about living relationally with our Father. Before that, I heard plenty about rule keeping or knowledge acquisition, but that's about it. But those things don't transform a life like a relationship with Father does, they only produce the outward appearance. Ted Haggard is the perfect example of someone who can have an outward appearance (for a while), but not be transformed on the inside. Maybe now that the illusion has been torn down, Mr. Haggard will be able to go on a real journey with Jesus.

I recently was listening to a podcast called "When you can't play the game anymore" when they made this interesting statement:
"To be successful in our religious system does not demand someone be engaged in a transforming relationship with Jesus Christ."

How true that is, and how sad that is. You don't have to know Christ to be considered 'Spiritual', you only have to know how to play the game.

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