Getting Religion

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Today, world order has begun to unravel. But wait! There’s some hope from this man!

 

While religious persecution and prejudice has been, for many years largely ignored, the veil has dropped, the gloves have come off.

The dictators in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria and their control over their serfdom is supported by foreign governments. Their influence followed by gobs of money and the fiefdom of the mainstream media, no longer control the societal, political and economic fanticide we used to see, hear and read about every day.

Why? Through social media outlets, most notably Facebook and Twitter, reality has set in and it isn’t pretty. Social media has blown the dust off the malcontent and religious persecution in the Middle East and elsewhere. As I have said before, I think more can be accomplished by smart phones than bombs. See Lead with Words. Live Free, Not Die!

Stating the obvious, we know that wearing religion on your sleeve can be dangerous. Which brings me to one cogent expression from this one young man’s video below; he professes that “people only know you’re a Christian by your Facebook.”

I have experienced that type of religion first-hand. If you’re running late and you think finding a seat on a Southwest flight is difficult, try getting to a religious service late. If you have ever been slow to leave after services, you have been run over by the stampede leaving church or cutoff leaving the parking lot.

I guess it’s still better than being in the Middle East where you could be blown up by a suicide bomber or a roadside bomb.

Don’t get me wrong. Many who profess their faith in God are truly genuine. That is why many of us have become instant fans of the Denver Broncos…well Tim Tebow, anyway. In fact, there does seem to be the hand of God in some of his touchdown throws. God help the rest of us!

To my point, Christians and Muslims have killed millions in the name of God or Allah, but as Jesus was our Savior, He never meant for any of this to happen. He wasn’t a “Christian” in religious man-made terms. He was the first Christian, He was a true gift from God, the Son of God. His words were meant to heal not to divide. He sacrificed himself and died on the cross for all humankind.

I’m not a heretic. I’m not preaching. If I was, I’d be preaching to the choir. This is a lesson. This is a lesson from the heart. We need to listen.

He says, “Just because you call somebody blind doesn’t mean you have vision.”

We have been warned. The experts say our next great threat is ourselves, right here in America. It’s now about you and me. It’s now more important than ever to follow the true meaning of Christ.

We already know we live shoulder to shoulder, possibly arm in arm, with the next domestic terrorist. Whether he or she is on the side of one religious sect or another, it matters far less than the lives that will be lost. We just need to stop, listen and learn from Him.

The Greatest Commandment: Love God and Your Neighbor

Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Be a Servant to Others

Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

So when you’re on the internet, which is a miracle in itself, to think Al Gore invented it; and you come across an amazing YouTube video, it’s no wonder you will find someone you can relate to and another who says, “hmmm.”

I hope you have labored with me up to this point because if you haven’t seen and heard it, this young man’s poem and video, Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word, has great insight on man-made religion vs. the true love of God.

In his own words, “A poem I wrote to highlight the difference between Jesus and false religion. In the scriptures Jesus received the most opposition from the most religious people of his day. At it’s core Jesus’ gospel and the good news of the Cross is in pure opposition to self-righteousness/self-justification. Religion is man centered, Jesus is God-centered. This poem highlights my journey to discover this truth. Religion either ends in pride or despair. Pride because you make a list and can do it and act better than everyone, or despair because you can’t do your own list of rules and feel “not good enough” for God. With Jesus though you have humble confident joy because He represents you, you don’t represent yourself and His sacrifice is perfect putting us in perfect standing with God!” – Jefferson Bethke

Let’s see if this young man can keep his perspective, like Tebow, without becoming carried away with his new found man-made worship and adoration.

Regardless, his message is compelling. I have watched and listened to this video several times, not because I am in danger of being left without a seat on a plane or I fear getting run over in a stampede. I have watched and listened because it has struck a chord…

Maybe there’s hope for our young people. Maybe they will navigate their way out of this dust storm they have inherited from us. Maybe those of us older and portended to be wiser, set in our ways; maybe, just maybe, we will follow.

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