I Give Up On Religion!

That’s right! Yours truly is announcing to the world that I have given up on religion! From this point forward, if I am given a form asking for my religious preference, or asked the question directly, my answer is NONE! “But wait just a dog gone minute! You’re suppose to be a preacher, pastor, teacher! And now you are telling me that you do NOT have a religion?” That’s right, Buckaroo!

Now, before you begin to dislike me or unfollow me, listen to my reasons. I did NOT say that I am an atheist or agnostic–I’m not that stupid! I just said, “My religious preference is NONE because I don’t have any religion in me.” Think about what Religion has done over the ages. Here’s just a few examples, and reasons why:

  • Religion led to The Crusades
  • Religion caused The Inquisition
  • Religion was behind the genocide in Bosnia
  • Religion was why girls and women were excluded from schools in Afghanistan
  • Religion is why there is so much conflict in the Middle East
  • Religion has caused “religious” folks to look down on others
  • Religion divides people–even within Christendom
  • Religion is intertwining beliefs with politics (talk about a Train Wreck!)
  • Religion creates the illusion of moral superiority (“my brand of church is a whole lot better than yours!”)
  • It divides families and friends, creating distrust, even hate
  • It has led to a deep sense of complacency–causing apathy to the pains of real people in real places
  • And never forget what Karl Marx said about religion: “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.” And NO! I AM NOT A COMMUNIST!
  • And ad nauseam

So, if I’m no longer involved in religion, nor even religious; if I am not an atheist, agnostic, nor a communist; just what am I? This decision I have made has resulted in peace, hope, desire–in short–it has brought me to life. Since I an unencumbered by religion I am now free. I have to confess, sometimes I slip back into religion. But it doesn’t take as long as it once did to break free from the talons of religion. Here is how I self-identity when it comes to that horrible question “What is your religious preference?” I am a follower of Jesus!

“Why?”, you may ask. I could give you so many reasons. Instead I will give you just one, and from this single reason, begins to flow all of the other reasons:

No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8 (NLT)

Or, as another translation puts it:

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously.

Micah 6:8 (The Message)

Think less of me if you like. Frown upon me if it makes you feel better. Me? I’m enjoying the liberty and joy of taking God seriously–instead of religion.

8 thoughts on “I Give Up On Religion!

  1. There’s at least 2 people here who are employed in religion and yet claim they are not religious?
    Cognitive dissonance much
    The pastors and priests of today are the pharisee and saducees of yesterday .
    Why do religious people who attend or profit from religion keep claiming they’re not religious?

    You got old Mel who makes the same claim and yet is a reincarnation of Barabbas and most of you agree with most of the worldly garbage he shares.

    Don’t stop short Randy, put your money where your mouth is or be honest and admit you’re neck deep in religion.

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    1. Hey Stephen! Long time no hear from you! You have an interesting hypothesis–that I really have not given up on religion, that in fact I am “neck deep in religion”. However–and I am not being snarky or anything–your hypothesis does not change the fact nor the Truth, that I have given up on religion in order to have a relationship with God. Here are 3 things that are proof (if you would) I have given up on religion–I have more peace, more joy, and more passion for life since I gave it up long ago. Unfortunately you cannot see those unless you see my daily life. It’s not perfect, mind you, but it’s getting a bit closer every day.

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      1. Just bustin your mouton chops a little. I trust you’re doing well and prospering.
        The term “not religious” coming from those who are part of religious organizations is getting a little beyond cliché.
        But I’m in agreement with you about what Jesus has done and continues to do for us.
        There’s only One who’s perfect so you’re in good company. But let us never stop trying to hit the mark.
        Blessings

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  2. Even the apostle Paul used the word “religion” sparingly, and often with a negative connotation. So long as you are not giving up on the Lord, on his Word, or on the gathering of his people around that Word, you are free to give up religion. (And anyone who calls a Christian congregation “organized religion” has not been part of the congregations I’ve known.) J.

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  3. I gave up on religion years ago, too.

    As Robert Capon succinctly put it, “Christianity is not a religion; it is the announcement of the end of religion.” Christianity is, I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. It’s His life in us, working through us, not religious ritual. Religion is eating from the wrong tree.

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