Burnt out on religion? January 1, 2005Posted by roopster in Bible, Christianity, church, faith, God, Jesus, Religion, spirituality, Theology.
If you study the life of Jesus, he came into a very legalistic culture and, to use a cliche, started slaughtering their sacred cows of religious thoughts, ideas, and traditions. I believe the gospel writers back tracked on some of these radical ideas in their accounts. However, Jesus defied many of their laws (like the Sabbath). He even quoted from the Holy Scriptures of the Jews and then proceeded to radically make modifications or updates…. “You’ve heard it said…. but I tell you…”
At the core of Christ’s teachings was a message of living a life of compassion, mercy, and love. He taught that the important thing was the state of our heart NOT whether we lived by a set of rules and regulations.
One of the sad commentaries of Christianity is that we’ve re-created a very similar legalistic system to the one that Jesus defied. We now have our sacred cows, our traditions, our legalistic view of the way things should be. If Jesus were to come today into the Fundamental Christian church with his radical ideas, we too would crucify him.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me- watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message Bible)
In this blog, I will address the issues that I believe need an updated view. “You have heard fundamentalism say…. but I suggest to you….”