losing-my-religion

If you’ve said, “I almost lost my religion”, I hope you go ahead and lose it. Go all the way with it. Don’t just get rid of some of it. Get rid of all of it!

Great advice coming from a pastor, huh😀? I think so. Religion is manmade. I have probably encountered more people with a manmade, mustered-up version of something God never intended. That kind of religion has created some of the meanest, snootiest people I have ever met. This is the kind of religion where people try to be good enough. They know the right things to do, say, wear, etc. The problem is that it is fake. The outside conforms, but the inside is dead and empty. Religious people strive to be “good enough”, and the only way to measure that is by comparison. We compare ourselves with others to see if we are better or worse. That’s when church becomes a competition, and we try to figure out who won the “holier than thou” award this week.

Biblical Christianity is not about comparison because none of us would be good enough to make it into Heaven. What would the standard of righteousness be anyway? God is the righteous standard, and the only way to have God’s righteousness is through faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Turn from your sin and turn to Him. It sure beats the whole comparison thing because we will NEVER measure up.

I will close with the lyrics from the R.E.M. song “Losing My Religion”. Read these lyrics with the thoughts above in mind.

Life is bigger

It’s bigger

And you, you are not me

The lengths that I will go to

The distance in your eyes

Oh no, I’ve said too much

I set it up
That’s me in the corner

That’s me in the spotlight

Losing my religion

Trying to keep up with you

And I don’t know if I can do it

Oh no I’ve said too much

I haven’t said enough
I thought that I heard you laughing

I thought that I heard you sing

I think I thought I saw you try
Every whisper

Of every waking hour

I’m choosing my confessions

Trying to keep an eye on you

Like a hurt lost and blinded fool

Oh no, I’ve said too much

I set it up
Consider this

The hint of the century

Consider this

The slip that brought me

To my knees failed

What if all these fantasies

Come flailing around

Now I’ve said too much
I thought that I heard you laughing

I thought that I heard you sing

I think I thought I saw you try
But that was just a dream

That was just a dream
That’s me in the corner

That’s me in the spotlight

Losing my religion

Trying to keep up with you

And I don’t know if I can do it

Oh no I’ve said too much

I haven’t said enough
I thought that I heard you laughing

I thought that I heard you sing

I think I thought I saw you try
But that was just a dream, try, cry, why, try

That was just a dream, just a dream, just a dream

Dream

Written by Bill Berry, Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, Peter Buck • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

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Losing My Religion

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