Have you noticed that many people use the words Christianity and Religion interchangeably. I have and silently I wonder if they are aware that there is a difference. Christianity is no more religious than I am a gorgeous thin model on the cover of Vogue magazine…written as a greasy McDonald’s french fry is dangling from my lips. Jesus was not one ounce religious. He hung out with the rejected and the unclean. He turned religion upside down while He walked on this Earth.
Religion defined by Webster is this: an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods. An interest, belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group.
Religion has always been about the institution of the church where Christianity is about the people who are the church.
Religion says you can’t come into the church building like that. Get your act together and then come see us. Christ walked the dirty streets famous for nothing and said “Come follow me”. Religion says we don’t work on the Sabbath!..Come on one of the other six days of the week. Christ reached out to the outsider in need and healed them regardless of the day of the week. Religion is institutional focused. Jesus is people focused. Jesus offends institutional religion and goes straight for the needs of His people and they crucified Him for it! It simply comes down to ritual vs. relationship. Simply sticking to a set of rituals or following an A+B=You go to Heaven mentality will not get us to the places we are called. There are far too many people out there who need to be loved. Time restraint, rules, regulations do no more than turn people away from the church and away from God. Relationship was always the original intent. It goes all the way back to the Garden and praise God because if my eternity hung on rules, regulations, and time schedules I’m afraid I wouldn’t make it! Now relationship with a Father who completely loves me…yes, even enough to lay down His life for me…that I can do! If you have been stuck feeling like you have to do A+B to get to Heaven and have been struggling with all the rules be encouraged! You are in excellent company! There are MANY of us. Pick up your Bible and introduce yourself to a few. Don’t know where to look? Find Jesus in the New Testament and check out some of his comrads…Heck, Jesus broke quite a few rules Himself…and open up that relationship with Christ. Seek Him in His word and He’ll teach you as you go. Much love and well wishes! P.S. Please check out this AMAZING poem about Religion vs. Christianity here! https://youtu.be/1IAhDGYlpqY