YOU HAVE SEARCHED ME, LORD,
AND YOU KNOW ME.
YOU KNOW WHEN I SIT AND WHEN I RISE;
YOU PERCEIVE MY THOUGHTS FROM AFAR.
YOU DISCERN MY GOING OUT AND MY LYING DOWN;
YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH ALL MY WAYS // PSALM 139:1-6
Religion from the outlook of a non religious person has been associated with many poor stigmas. Its been moulded and changed over time in an effort to fit society's new trends and expectations. Even during the time that Jesus was on earth, Religions main aspects was seen to be based upon rules, judgement and punishment. Jesus was given into the hands of the Romans to be crucified by Religious leaders because he didn't fit the mould they were wanting, so they decided to kill they're own king. Jesus himself went against culture and laws to bring Gods Kingdom to earth.
I believe that many Christians have forgotten what christianity is about. In this generation, I want to change the way people see Religion. We need to get out of Religious theory and into relationship reality. Jesus didn't come to judge sinners, he came to build a relationship with them, and upon that, freeing them. He died for the world while the world was still the enemy. As Christians, we need to destroy these stigmas that people associate us with. Instead of judging others and letting people associate us with rules and punishment, we need to be loving others with an unconditional love, and therefore creating associations of mercy and salvation. This is what Religion should be about.
There are many leaders throughout the world who have been misrepresenting christianity and other religions because they have titled themselves this religion, but in fact have just been living with a religious spirit. A religious spirit is a demon that wages war against the grace of God in our lives. People living with religious spirits see God as this mighty figure who is distant and angry, but those who have a relationship with God knows his true heart.
AND SO WE KNOW AND RELY ON THE LOVE GOD HAS FOR US.GOD IS LOVE. WHOEVER LIVES IN LOVE LIVES IN GOD, AND GOD IN THEM // JOHN 4:16
God doesn't want to judge and punish us, he wants to bring freedom and salvation into our lives. He wants to free us from fear and what chains us. As Christians living in the image of God, we should be doing the same for others. Something that will change my life forever, is knowing that God isn't interested in our comfort, he is only interested in our obedience. In fact, he brings us out of our safe place into the storm because thats where we begin to rely and trust in God. If we were constantly living a life with no trial we wouldn't see the need for God. He wants us to not fear death, but instead live like immortals till the Lord takes us home. I want this generation to live by this because this is how I want people to see Christianity.
God calls us into the storms that use to overtake us because we've already overcome then, and therefore Gods given us the power to help others defeat it too. We can be a voice to thoose who are voiceless, we can rescue those who are enslaved, and instead of judging those who are chained by sin, we can give them the ability to walk in freedom.
Lets change how people view religion. God doesn't want us to be full of our own righteousness that we have no space for compassion. He's not interested in religious acts of service, he's interested in actions and relationships serving him.
AND NOW THESE THREE REMAIN: FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE. BUT THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE // 1 CORINTHIANS 13:13