So many people I know, myself included, are unpacking their religious baggage. Religion is that outside-in, behavioral-based, systematic approach to God that is heavy, burdensome, and overwhelming. It sneaks in stealth, quietly transforming our passion for Christ into a subculture of rules & expectations, a way of life, instead of the Giver of life Himself.
It feels good, liberating in fact, to rekindle the truth of the Gospel…that Jesus is a person, not a system…a relationship not a religion.
But I’ve noticed something. A natural propensity, an impulse. As many of us who grew up in the system find freedom from it, our gut reaction is to run away – to sprint far from the old rules, templates, and culture that held us in bondage. And in doing only that, it’s possible to completely miss the point.
Run. But don’t just run from. Run towards.
The Gospel is about freedom, but that freedom only comes through submission. Not to a culture, a template, or a religious system, but to the person of Jesus Christ. This life is still about the pursuit of God, it simply comes through surrender to Christ and not a set of behavioral modifications or striving in your own efforts to live up to some unachievable standard.
So as we continue to shed our religious weight, don’t just flee from rule-based self-righteousness. Sprint full-force towards the open arms, into the heart and character of the Savior, Jesus Christ.
What are you running towards?