A few months ago, I joined Facebook and when filling out the profile information, I came to the “religion” field and didn’t know what to do. I mean, I am Christian, to be sure. But, the word “religion” just turns me off. I think it happened one day when listening to a Mark Driscoll sermon (teaching pastor at Mars Hill Church) on Philippians. In Chapter 3, verses 7 & 8, Paul writes:
7Butwhatever gain I had,I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8Indeed, I count everything as loss because ofthe surpassing worth ofknowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake Ihave suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
Paul realizes that everything he had been accumulating to buy his way into the Kingdom was rubbish, that’s the word he uses in verse 8…rubbish. And he gives it all up for Christ. So, religion (as part of everythign) can be counted as rubbish. I don’t articulate it nearly as passionately as Mark does, but that’s the overall gist of it.
So, for a long time, in the “religion” field of my facebook profile, it said “Religion is rubbish – Philippians 3:7-8”. Nobody ever asked me about it, but I have often wondered what people think when they see it. Do they look up the verse?
Yesterday, I was reading my Sojourner’s mail and there was a quote that jumped off the page at me:
Religion without humanity is just poor human stuff.
Exactly! I almost think Paul would agree with this as well.