potluck religion

Posted: February 18th, 2010 | Filed under: life | 9 Comments »

I’ve made myself available to those who haven’t bothered to ask. I’m here, ready to be found by those who haven’t bothered to look. -Isaiah 65:1

This massive group of people walk around like they knew Him, but they don’t. They profess their love for Him to each other with a glazed over and detached look in their eyes. They do things on His behalf that He would never do. People base their opinions on Him from their interaction with them.

Meanwhile, there are people who hear bits and pieces of the truth and something stirs inside of them. The problem is, there is so much crap surrounding it that they don’t know what’s truth and what’s religion. They turn to each other and never to Him. The blind leading the blind.

I kept saying ‘I’m here, I’m right here’ to a nation that ignored me. I reached out day after day to a people who turned their backs on me. -Isaiah 65:2

When they hear things that don’t match what the others have taught them, they reject it. They guard their ideal so tightly that challenges are met by a sharp toothed tongue and haughty smirks. A cultish mentality that refuses to see the real Truth when it repeatedly tries to get their attention.

What’s worse, they think they’re on the right track. They lean on scriptures for ‘persecution’ when they know nothing of persecution. Or verses about being ‘hated by the world’ when the world doesn’t hate them, they just don’t want their flavor of religion.

People who make wrong turns, who insist on doing things their own way. They get on my nerves, are rude to my face day after day. Make up their own kitchen religion, a potluck religious stew.Isaiah 65:3

You get to a point where your system works and anything that disrupts it is ignored. People aren’t looking for the Truth anymore because they’re content. Nobody wants to be wrong, nobody wants to be challenged, they just want comfort. They prefer tradition over Truth. They prefer shackles over freedom.

They hear the truth, but reject it. It seems too easy. They prefer to earn their way. Can’t take a ‘gift’ without feeling the obligation to even the scale. Disrespectful disregard surrounded by double talk and no capacity to be in debt to another. Debtors are less than.

They say, ‘Keep your distance. Don’t touch me. I’m holier than thou.’ These people gag me. I can’t stand their stench. -Isaiah 65:5

In church, were you taught to keep your distance from ‘sinners’? Were you taught to set yourself apart as ‘royalty?’ Did they teach you to ‘call out’ worldly behavior in hopes that they’ll feel condemned enough to convert to Christianity?

This mentality is repulsive and, apparently, it’s not just repulsive to the rest of us. It’s sickening to God.


9 Comments on “potluck religion”

  1. 1 m* said at 7:31 am on February 18th, 2010:

    god has raised you up for such a day as this

    please pass the tuna casserole

    many thanks … many

  2. 2 Jessica @ These Are said at 9:55 am on February 18th, 2010:

    Oh no. This is hitting home for me. I fully agree that there's way too much of that in the world. Keeping our distance from those who 'aren't members' but proclaiming that we love our neighbors…yuck! Can't take it anymore, the jig is up, I'm moving on.

    In moving on I've found the world to be full of amazing Christ following women who deserve his grace and mercy just as much as (if not more) than those proclaiming to have the 'whole truth'.

    I (of course) am guilty as the rest and am trying my best to escape the ignorance and show compassion from here on out.

  3. 3 Serena Woods said at 10:13 am on February 18th, 2010:

    Thanks, M*. 🙂

    Jessica: there are definately some cool people out there. 🙂 a lot of them don't go to an actual church anymore, so they're harder to find.

  4. 4 Michelle said at 6:00 am on February 19th, 2010:

    Yep. I know this stench. I've smelled it and wondered where it was coming from…and was shocked to find it was me!

    I'm learning to love the unlovely.

    It just so happens, it's me.

    I'm so thankful He opens our eyes, forgives our sins, cleans us up, applies Deodorant (that would be the Holy Spirit within, I'm thinking…), and we become a fragrant gift…

    Thank you for speaking the Truth with boldness. It's hard to read sometimes, but necessary.

  5. 5 m* said at 7:19 am on February 19th, 2010:

    all this time we have been taught Jesus occasionally went away to pray and to be with our Father

    he really just got some bad stuff at the potluck

    and frequently just needed to get away from the likes of us

  6. 6 April said at 9:54 am on February 19th, 2010:

    in agreement with Michelle, but couldn't have said it as well.

  7. 7 Anonymous said at 12:41 am on February 20th, 2010:

    A Christian calling out a sinner is like a drunk telling an alcoholic to get sober.

  8. 8 Lesley said at 6:39 am on February 22nd, 2010:

    Zoo trained animals will never survive out in the jungle. It's a jungle out there…there are new species that are waiting to be found. So are we going to embrace the messiness of the movement or are we too stuck in our ways to allow the carpet to get dirty.

  9. 9 Serena Woods said at 6:47 am on February 22nd, 2010:

    I'm all about messy. 🙂

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