Pick a contentious issue about which you care deeply — it could be the same-sex marriage debate, or just a disagreement you’re having with a friend
This has been bothering me since I over heard a conversation by phone from a passenger as I was driving. They where talking about plant growers who are vehement about growing only truly native plants, no cultivars closely related like cv. of Echinacea., just truly the wild native. The person I could hear said “Its like organized religion.”
The phrase “organized religion” stung me. He has no real clue about organized religion, he goes once a decade to the unitarian church. Thats a church that seems to have has their organizational mantra to take God out of hymnals and the bible. Now what sence does that make?
I took him using the phrase to mean bible thumpers or those that evangelize ad nausea, or those that can’t talk without jamming Jesus down your throat. He has had hat type of employee before and he was useless. A classic “to heavenly minded for any earthly good.” Or any church that expects a life to be lived with a centrality of world- life view to a God and not your self.
The fact is, I thought to myself, Every one does have an” organized religion “view. Everyone does have a religious conviction, that is, a grid that all thought goes through. This grid , may not be recognized by one but it’s still there. The fact is we all have a god we worship. It can be as cloaked as selfishness. Or how this guy thinks is his own thoughts of right and wrong are the god that separates him from people who think outside themselves.
Most of the organized religion type people, like myself, believe that true life is lived giving up selfishness to hold on to a trust in some one who is a deity and alive and active in life on this planet. It’s these types of people who have a hope in life and in death that we are not are own but belong body and soul to a faithful lord, who cares about us to the extent of saying that he knows the very amount of our hair on our head.
But truly one can never know this unless there is a change internally in their soul. The recognition that the planet doesn’t revolve around me and there is a bigger plan to life than what I can think of, is not natural to many. The many need to meditate on that above Lord and ask Him to reveal himself to them if he is real.
I have always rebelled myself to organized anything. When people who ask if I am religious i say no I hold on to Jesus. I get contentious when every people group is limped to gether and when people think they have the answer irregardless of anyone elses, and when people are selfish. People have a warped veiw of what being a follower of Jesus is about.