Reading while riding in a car.
Riding anything that goes in circles (including the merry-go-round).
Loratab following surgery.
Watching a doctor “fish around” under the skin for an abscess.
Sudden drops in elevators or planes.
What makes you nauseated? One. Two. All the above?
I go for the All the Above. A strong stomach for things moving in circles or sudden drops or moving vehicles was never a strong suit for me. My stomach can handle hot (spicy) food. My sweat glands can’t. My wife thinks it is hugely funny-and likes to tell people-I sweat eating ketchup. If only I was allowed to tell on her, but my gentlemanly ways forbid me from doing that.
There is something that is more nauseating to me, and churns my stomach more than all I have mentioned. Ready for it?
The tendency to turn human judgments into divine commands make religion one of the most dangerous forces in the world. Craig Groeschel in Soul Detox.
Andrew Farley, in his book, Naked Gospel wrote:
We may spend our days in what we call our religious duties, and we may fill our devotions with fervor, and still may be miserable. Nothing can set our hearts at rest but a real acquaintance with God.
I will go on record and make no apologies for it:
I. HATE. RELIGION!!
With a passion. So did Jesus. His disdain for the religion of the religious leaders is landmark and easily seen here. Contrary to common belief, Jesus did not come to make us religious. He came to set us free. Meanwhile,
Religion leads us to focus on the external rather than the internal.
Rules following religious people believe their behavior and beliefs are right and everyone else is wrong.
The real truth is simple, but for some so hard to see:
Righteousness from God comes by faith in Christ alone.
Not faith +
faith+ nothing else.
Religion is Christ + anything. The Gospel is Christ + nothing.
Religion is all about what I do. The gospel is all about what Jesus has done.
Religion is all about me. The gospel is all about Jesus.
Religion highlights my efforts to do what is right. The gospel highlights what Christ has already done.
Religion puts the burden on me. The gospel put the burden on Him and what He has done for me.
Got it? Good. Pray those who listen Sunday will also “get it.” I’ll thank you ahead of time for your prayers.
Your turn. Religion or Gospel? Where are you these days? Ever struggled with it?