Prostitutes are in no danger of finding their present life so satisfactory that they cannot turn to God: the proud, the avaricious, the self-righteous, are in that danger.

-C.S. Lewis

 

Let’s face it, religious people look down their nose at the rest of us—as they should.  They read their bibles in public more than we do, attend church services five times a week,  pray on the street corner, stand on their soap boxes witnessing to sinners and school evildoers in the ways of holier living.  They flat out serve God more, just ask them.  These are the religious miserable people, and if we aren’t on our spiritual toes, we can be just like them.

It is easier to fall into the throes of religion than we bother to notice (I struggle with it quite regularly and can speak intelligently here).  Being religious is easier to do than batting an eyelash.  We seem to be born with a propensity for whatever makes us feel better about ourselves and religion in it’s most undiluted form does just that—better than anything I’m familiar with.  Religion is all about elevating man.  On the other hand, the gospel message goes light-years beyond that—the gospel redeems man and sets him free to worship God instead of himself.

Jesus warns,

 ‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.’   (Matthew 7:13-14, NIV)

There is no wider path than religion.

Religion’s path looks so good that it’s travelers are among the most convinced and die-hard folks you will meet, their intolerance for Jesus makes perfect sense when you consider the deception they have immersed themselves in.  Meet a religious person and you will quickly find out that they are much more resistant to the Jesus we see in the Holy Scriptures than any common run-of-the-mill  sinner is. 

Father God—please spare us from being religious and make us more like your Son who delighted in you rather than in religion.

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