Religion is freaking hard and it will never take you anywhere. Well that’s not true, it will get you somewhere, but not where you want to go. Religion sucks. It’s marketed as a system that’s designed to set you free, but that’s not the truth. Religion is actually designed to control and unfortunately a good portion of churches these days have adopted the system. A system designed to control it’s members doesn’t sound freeing to me.
You won’t hear too much about freedom and living a life with God that’s fruitful inside religious church cultures. It’s all about systems and trying to please God, the pastor, and the people that are in the system with us. What about living a life of freedom with God? What about what God says and what God thinks? Are the opinions and ideals of the church your attending even biblical? I don’t go to your church so I don’t know, but it’s worth asking the question.
God sent Jesus to set us free so we could have a relationship with God the Father, but how often do we here about that in church? Sometimes it’s quickly mentioned at the end of the service or sermon, so quick you can easily miss it. Then after that, what’s next? Church membership? Is that even required in the Bible? I’ll answer that one for you, it’s not. I’ll tell you what is in the Bible:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to PROCLAIM FREEDOM for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed FREE”
Luke 4:18 NIV
Sounds pretty straight forward to me. I don’t want to dismantle what we’re calling “the church” these days. I just think we can do a lot better. God’s message is about freedom and living a life with him where you can experience his love. If where you attend doesn’t focus on the “freedom message” I’m not sure that they’re about God’s message.
I’m hoping you’re feeling a little intrigued and challenged. Don’t you want freedom over religion? If you haven’t experienced freedom in your “church” and you want to, it might be time to start looking for God outside the walls. Try looking during the week and not just on a Sunday. After all, God is all over the place. He doesn’t hang out in one building only on Sundays.