Two preachers walk into a church. One named Relationship,the other named Religion.
Relationship is excited to walk into church to worship God. Religion is excited to walk into church in its new suit.
Praise and worship starts and Relationship loves on God. Religion is partly praising God and partly spectating.
Time for the word and both have to give a brief message. Relationship’s message is part testimony and backing up scripture with how much God loves us. Encouraging us to live for God, because He is holy and wants to heal our broken hearts. Religion’s message is all about condemnation. Religion quotes scripture out of context and even though Religion may be trying to encourage believers, it doesn’t come from a place of love.
Relationship touches on sin, but reminds us that God will forgive if we come to him in honesty and wanting forgiveness. Religion touches on sin, expressing that you will go to hell, not really saying that there is a path for those who want better.
Relationship expresses that believers are needed in the world beyond the four walls of the church to touch lives and make a positive impact. Religion requires that you are granted permission to help others and only if you have certificates to qualify you.
Relationship preached the bible in all it’s truth, guided by the Holy Spirit. Religion preached scripture out of context to try and justify the points made.
Relationship had an altar call where many souls were saved, because they realized God’s love and felt like there is purpose on their lives-now realizing their worth. Religion had an altar call where many souls were saved. Those coming, because they now feared God, not a reverence like the Bible speaks of, but only fearing hell. Completely missing that God wanted more from them and with them.
I expressed it this way to illustrate a truth to a lot of people, who turn away from God because of an example they saw of a “Christian”. Too many of these “Christians” get the attention and lead people astray and ultimately hating all God stands for. I stand in the gap for all others who know the importance of a relationship with God.
I don’t care what you dress like. I don’t care what you look like. I don’t care whether you’ve been raised in church or not. I CARE that you hear the Gospel in truth and I pray God sends someone in your life to show you what it really means to be Christ-like.
More important, get to know God for yourself, because who else knows ALL of you and still loves you as if you are perfection.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7 NIV