Sunday morning my post is typically short. I’m off to church early and I want to share something in my blog that will encourage others to do the same.
But this morning I can’t get a disturbing news item out of my mind. A friend passed on an article about an evangelical minister who is inciting people to homophobia, violence and the systematic persecution of gays.
“This is one of the reasons why religion in this country sickens me.” my friend wrote. Then he went on to say, sarcastically, “A very Christ-like approach, nice job Reverend _______.”
I responded with, “I’m glad you can tell the difference between religion and Christ-like behavior. You’re most likely Presbyterian!”
IT’S OBVIOUS: My comment was tongue in cheek… but not really. You see I honestly do believe there is a huge difference between what is commonly understood as “religion” in America and what it actually means to be a Follower of the Way of Jesus. And I think that many people like my friend – who is not a believer – note that difference more clearly that we realize.
I believe we need to understand that it is often religion that keeps people away from Jesus.
I am grateful to be a part of a congregation – First Presbyterian Church of Brandon – where our focus is on being disciples, and where following Jesus is no threat to our religion.
In John’s Gospel Jesus said, “The world is going to know that you follow me when people observe the quality of your love….”
In love, and because of love – DEREK