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How Do You View Your Religion?

By Don Loftis | 07.19.17

I suppose folks might define “religion” in different ways.  To me “religion” is the day-to-day expression of my faith in God.  There are at least four ways people treat their religion.


For some it is a hobby.  They enjoy it — more at some times than others.  As time and finances permit, religious activities are a part of their lives.  Like most hobbies, though, it is discretionary in terms of commitment.


For others, religion is more like their job or career.  They attend services and give, because that is what one is supposed to do. They are very faithful, but also somewhat burdened by these responsibilities.  Retirement may be a valued goal.


Still others, view their religious lives as a passion being lived out both intellectually and emotionally.  Christianity is a Cause worth dying for, and they are driven to advance that Cause.  These individuals are deeply hurt by those who reject or challenge their message.


While there is some truth and value in these views, the Bible describes an even richer perspective.  It is one where a person’s whole life has been replaced by Christ.  Paul wrote, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”  Religion is not something added on or even a “big part of our lives”; it is our life.  Our religion is who we are and represents a true divine ownership of our lives.



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