Losing my religion

A strange dichotomy exists all around us. 

The vast majority of Americans claim to know Jesus. But they call themselves “spiritual.” They have a visage of a Savior who has good moral teachings. He might have even come to them in a moment of personal trial to lift them up. To them, he’s an olive-skinned Galileen who slept in a manager, dressed in a robe, and got treated badly by the Romans. They might even go to church, claim to be a Christian and live a good life.

Thom Rainer of Lifeway Christian Resources says that most people are “just indifferent. The more more precisely you try to measure their Christianity, the fewer you find committed to the faith,” he said. “They are mushy.” Only 40 percent of evangelical young adults say that sharing the faith is important.  

It takes a conscious effort for many of us to convert our personal Jesus to a public Jesus.

I think I am too in love the “religion” of Christ — the sweet songs and happy thoughts. I love the comfort and safety of the four walls of faith, but don’t dare ask me to talk about it. I am often retiscent to share the most amazing thing I’ve ever known. I keep the secret of the ages a … secret.

We’ve been conditioned to not talk about religion and politics. “After all,” we’ve been told, “it’s a personal thing.” George Carlin said the 11th commandment was, “Thou shalt keep thy religion to thyself.”

Steve Taylor
Steve Taylor
Steve Taylor satirized this double think in song:

“It’s a personal thing, and I find it odd
You would question my believing in a personal God
I’m devout, I’m sincere, ask my mother if you doubt it
I’m religious, but I’d rather not get radical about it”
”I’m devout, I’m sincere, and I’m proud to say
That it’s had exactly no effect on who I am today
I believe, for the benefit of all mankind,
In the total separation of church and mind

We have a hundred reasons for keeping this God-thing to ourselves, but they are all shattered with this one verse from Jesus:

“But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” Matt 10.33

That’s enough to make we want to lose my religion…and find a Jesus that I can talk about.

About David Rupert

Newsletter Editor for the High Calling Find me over at http://www.RedLetterBelievers.com
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5 Responses to Losing my religion

  1. It is possible to have a personal religion, if your religion is nothing more than the personal rituals and beliefs to which you adhere.But if you belong to Jesus Christ, it is both intimiately personal WITH Him and intensely public ABOUT Him.Thank you for speaking up, David!

  2. Boom.You just hit one out of the park, my friend.Can you hear the angels in the cheering section?Way to go, my friend. Way to go.

  3. I just had a conversation with someone today about publicly posting about your faith on your Web site. She had been advised it was not good business to do it because it might offend potential clients. I said if it offended anyone, I probably don't want them as a client anyway. We agreed with your conclusion, quoting the same verse.

  4. Graceful says:

    Oh you hit a nerve with me on this one, David! I am fine with writing about my faith…but getting me to talk about it…that's another story. I was at a reading the other night and spoke with the author after the event. When she asked me what genre I write, I had to swallow hard before squeaking out: "Christian non-fiction." I am trying — with God's help I'll get there.

  5. RissaRoo says:

    Amen! So very true. You've put it so well…

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