Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Not Religion but a Relationship? (by Luke Norsworthy)
Jesus didn’t come to start a religion. But if Jesus’ coming hadn’t started a religion you would’ve never heard of him. –Brian Zahnd
Every time I hear a Christian say, “We aren’t religious, we just have a relationship with Jesus.” I’m nauseated by the self-contradiction.
We hear this trite statement usually spoken in buildings that are not required to pay property tax because they are deemed by the government to be religious buildings. And those non-property taxed buildings are usually paid for with tax-exempt gift because the organization has filed a 501c3 deeming them a religious organization. Or maybe the idea wasn’t said in a religious building, but read in a book. Odds are the book’s publisher categorized that book as “Religion/Christian life” or sold it in the religion section of Amazon.com. And the person saying these words probably receives generous tax breaks because they are deemed to be clergy, i.e. a religious leader.
It’s like the story of the two younger fish swimming along happily when an older fish swims by and asks, “How’s the water today boys?”
And the younger fish say, “What’s water?”
I get why we make the idealistic and naïve statement about having the option to choose Jesus over religion. It’s the same rationale why I don’t eat pizza crust or watch preseason football games or regular season NBA games. We all want to skip the bad parts to get to the good parts, sometimes for good reason.
Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2014/10/22/not-religion-but-a-relationship-by-luke-norsworthy/#ixzz3Gsvfx1Ix