We all have a problem with religion. It may have to do with something we believe in theory but fail to faithfully practice. It may be a lack of knowledge concerning what the Bible teaches. It may be judging against what we see others practicing. It may be that we are disenchanted with certain aspects of the church, the leadership, the preaching, or the worship. We may be discouraged when other Christians are not as seemingly dedicated as we are. Do I need to make a list here?
We have a problem with religion! Well, guess what? It’s our fault.
1. It’s our fault when we are disenchanted with worship. Is worship stale or boring? If so it’s because our faith is stale and boring. Are we angry at all the churches that have left the true pattern of New Testament worship? Perhaps we are partly to be blamed for all of those times when we made worship unappealing because our worship was not authentic, driven, passionate, and expressive.
2. It’s our fault when we are not growing. How many people have obeyed the gospel this year because of something we did to help them? The average Christian in their lifetime will hear about 8,000 sermons, sing 100,000 hymns, participate in 30,000 public prayers – and convert zero sinners. Don’t blame the preacher for not being good enough. Don’t blame the leadership for lack of vision. YOU invite a friend! YOU conduct a Bible study! YOU proclaim the gospel. YOU are the church. YOU are what is dying!
3. It’s our fault when we look at the religion of others and show disdain. It might be true that some are incorrect doctrinally. It might be true that some are not dedicated. But we are looking in the wrong place if we want to make corrections. We need to look at our own religion! How accurate are we? How convicted are we? How Christ-like are we? How gracious are we? If we are truthful we can all look at our own faith and see plenty of problems and weaknesses that need serious work. It’s a plank/speck thing. Let God be disappointed with the personal faith of others. In the meantime, let’s work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.
We live in a time where so many are disenchanted with religion. It’s because this generation blames outwardly while needing to look inwardly. We need to repent and change. The problem with religion is not God. It’s not the church. It’s us!
“…that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” – 1 Peter 1:7
AUTHOR: Jeremiah Tatum