“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.”      Matthew 11:28, The Message

eBurned out on religion? You bet I am.

How many times have you heard it said, “I am not religious, I am spiritual.” I am always a bit skeptical when someone says this to me. I am tempted to think it is just an excuse to not have to do the hard work that living a life in the Spirit requires of us. And yet, I have to admit if the current pandemic has brought out one struggle, it has been with religion. 

Now, it’s not what you’re thinking. The pandemic itself has not rocked my faith in God. I am used to living with tension when confronted by the notion of a loving God and a created world where bad things can happen. No, I get tired of religion when I see institutions and churches behaving badly. I get tired of religion when it is burdensome for the wrong reasons; concerning itself more with appearances than its call to mission. I get tired of religion when it concerns itself with the external trappings with a country club mentality of the “insiders and outsiders.”

I thank God for Jesus, who saves me from religion. To live in Christ is life. To die is only gain. Living in Christ is a check on my sense of entitlement. Christ breaks the barriers and teaches us that we are to always err on the side of love, God’s Love; the very love that binds us together as church. This is something religion with all it’s rules could never accomplish.

Come unto Jesus, for it is there that you will find rest.

 

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