What we need is more good religion. Good religion is based on humble service to others. The Apostle Paul in Philippians 2 says “do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. …Look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Certainly this means “orphans and widows in distress,” but also includes and calls us to serve, help and share with all those in need
Good religion also is reflected in good character. James describes this as “keeping oneself from being polluted by the world.” Pollution stinks. And when our lives are polluted by selfishness, immorality and injustice they stink. Called “sin” in the Bible, this pollution rots and creates darkness in our lives and communities. Jesus comes to free us from this bondage, enabling us to experience transformation and abundant life. Our new found liberty then flourishes in service to others. This is good religion.
So, have you had your flu shot? It’s not too late to see a physician. But more importantly, have you been inoculated with bad religion? If so, it is time to get well. Don’t let this dead or weakened form of religion keep polluting your life. There are wonderful churches in Norman that practice good religion. What is keeping you from finding one this weekend? The Great Physician awaits.