The term “religious” has been carelessly used and abused. Many people claim to be religious and Christians, but however act the total opposite.
I’m reminded of the excerpt of the song “What If I Stumble” by the former popular Christian pop group DC Talk: “The single greatest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, and walk right out and deny him by their lifestyle!”
Anyone can be religious. Anyone can confess that they love and believe in God. Anyone can attend a church on a regular basis, but holiness is not defined in church membership, church size, or even how powerful a sermon is. Holiness is defined in PURITY. Holiness is defined in separation from the world. To be pure simply means to be untainted, spotless, blameless, chaste, innocent, absolute; free from the curse of sin.
An unspotted life must be full of love and charity. The mainstream world is quick to implement things in our lives that have the potential to spot and blemish our souls, but our constant endeavor must be to become pure in heart and mind before Almighty God, not in humanity.
The sins and lusts of the world defile them indeed. All that’s in the world: lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. To keep ourselves unspotted from these is to keep ourselves unspotted from the world ( See James 1:27).
God wants more than religion, normality or traditions of men…God desires purity that comes from within the realm of the heart. God’s not looking for inspirational themes, messages, or sermons alone and God’s not interested in religious seminars or conferences. While these certainly can be used to help us along our Christian journey, true Christianity lies in the heart, in the purity of the heart; the washing away of that from wickedness.
We can be “religious”–go to church every Sunday, join Christian clubs and organizations, go on church trips, and still have an unclean heart. “For where a man’s heart is, his treasure shall be also.” We must daily ask ourselves this pressing question: What do we treasure the most? Fame? Popularity? Earthly possessions? Or is it something of more value: Our spiritual walk with God? Impacting our communities? Helping those in need?
Ps 51:10-” Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me.”
Lord, help me not to just abide by religious rhetoric, but enable me to have purity and holiness, for without this, O Lord, no man shall see God…