Sometimes it’s easy to get lost. Lost in a world of confusion that makes me doubt my future. Lost during times of personal uncertainty. Lost in religion and rules and the bitterness that follows. For those who have spent time in and around religious institutions (especially the Christian Church) it can become easy to forget that unconditional love can be real. I really believe that apart from money, fame, good looks, success, and every other pursuit of our society; our souls thirst for one thing above all, unconditional love.
It’s insanity to run from God and search for love. So many people run from God (or keep Him at arm’s length) instead of running to Him. It seems like we all have the same issues, some just react differently. Maybe some run because it’s just too hard to believe that if you come near to God, you will find yourself not drowning in condemnation but swimming in compassion. If you draw near to God, He will be your home because He receives those who are “weary and gives rest.” I think we run from God because we long to be loved but we have convinced ourselves that the One who is most loving could not embrace us with our scars, nor accept us with our hatred of those who pushed rules down our throat.
We are afraid God will end up being like His representatives.
Really, it’s absurd that any religion would somehow bring you to God. It’s like being in love with a person who has no interest in you. They love your advances only because it makes them feel self-important, but they really have no motivation to pursue you. It’s all one-sided. When religion is created and presented on the premise that God withholds His love and you must submit to the system to earn that love; that is the WORST of corruptions!
That is why so many are abandoning the Christian church. It is not so much a problem that they have with Jesus, but the religious system that has told us that if we want God’s love, we have to follow the rules. It’s been far more important to focus on the sin problem rather than the love problem. We have forgotten that before a blood-soaked cross ever purchased our sin debt, we were ALL hopeless. This is why religious institutions can maintain control over people’s lives, and this is also why the Christian church in America is experiencing such an exodus of disheartened people. People for whom Christ died. What governments have not always been able to do, religions have accomplished with amazing effectiveness, because we long to belong, and we long to be loved.
What would happen if you and I were to discover the true message of Jesus Christ within the Church?? The message that love is truly unconditional. What would happen in your life if you did not have to perform in order to accept God’s love? Would anyone actually choose to be a slave of ritual and legalism? The sad answer is yes. Religion works because we doubt that we could be loved unconditionally.
Someone said “For in the issues of love, you cannot send someone, you must go in yourself.” This is the story of God. He pursues you (and me too!) with His love again and again. In my case, God has allowed me to come to the end of my pitiful performance rope, and I am so thankful. At the end of that rope, I found love. I found God.
Never forget, God did not announce His love for you by an angel or a prophet……..
He came Himself.