Living Your Religion
by Jennifer Wood

July 17, 2018

 

So I'm not really a political person.  I know I've written a couple of blogs that may seem to contradict this but I really am not an activist or someone who debates about all the political stuff going on in this country.  I hate controversy, as anyone who knows me will attest.  I hardly ever listen to the news.  I find it more annoying than anything else.  Don't get me wrong; someone has to stay on top of things and keep people informed.  That person is just not me.

That being said, my husband and I were at a resort last week for a couple of days and on the day we drove into the town there was this fair going on.  People were everywhere and traffic was crazy.  Apparently it was some type of vendor fair put on by hippies and such.  (I have no problem with hippies..I've know some really nice ones.)  All along the side of the road were these signs that said a bunch of things, much of which I can't remember.  But there was this one sign that told people to leave their politics and religion at home.  Huh?!  Correct me if I'm wrong but what we believe makes up the essence of who we are.  So if I were to leave my religion at home, I couldn't come because my "religion" defines me.  And, by the way, they should have stayed home, too, because what they believe came along with them as well.

I realize that they are probably saying that they don't want people coming around "preaching" their beliefs.  But, really, who goes around with the intent of just spouting off to whomever they come in contact what they believe?  Precious few of us.  And leave it all at home?  Impossible, even for them.

What I believe truly does define me.  Wouldn't it be sad if it didn't?  What I believe dictates how I behave.  And whether I believe in God or call myself an atheist, I will behave accordingly.  And so will you.  What is important to you shows.  Remember when we as kids used to tell each other our epidermis was showing?  The younger students didn't know what they meant and had serious concern until they found out it wasn't a bad thing.  (And then a nurse pops your bubble once your an adult and says that your epidermis really isn't showing because of all the dead cells that cover your skin.  Yuck, haha!)  Anyway, the point is that I sure hope my "religion" is showing.  I want people to see Jesus in me.

The Bible talks about what true religion is.  "If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." James 1:26-27  In other words, watch what you say, care for others, and keep yourself from sin.  In another place the Bible says that if we don't abide in Jesus we can do nothing.  I'm thinking that if my "religion" isn't showing there is a serious problem.  It is what makes me kind to others.  It's what makes me a productive citizen.  It is what helps me behave in wisdom and knowledge and charity.  So why should I "leave it at home?"

The people that posted that sign are living in hypocrisy.  It is okay for them to be who they are but if you're a Christian it isn't okay for you to be who you are.  People don't want to feel uncomfortable about their sin, hence the sign they put up.  If people aren't around exhibiting God, then they don't have to acknowledge that God exists and therefore be accountable to Him.  It is the age old story of man since Adam and Eve covered themselves in fig leaves after their fall into sin.  We don't want to be shown up for who we are.

I hope you live your "religion."  Don't try to leave God at home, as the sign suggested you do.  Remember that your relationship with God (or without Him) defines who you are.  Don't be ashamed of Him.  This topic reminds me a bit of a kids' song to which my children used to listen.

Love is a flag flying high from the castle of my heart,
From the castle of my heart, from the castle of my heart.
Love is a flag flying high from the castle of my heart,
For the King is in residence there.

[Chorus]
So let it fly in the sky let the whole world know,
Let the whole world know, let the whole world know.
So let it fly in the sky let the whole world know,
That the King is in residence there.
(Faith and Joy and other words can be put in the place of Love for other verses.)

Let's be the flagship for our King.  Let us not be ashamed of who we are in Christ.  And let's not allow others to dictate when we live for God and when we don't...for our Christianity is, after all, an eternal thing.