Last Sunday, I read the following article as a part of our Sunday School discussion. As we have looked at the role which a rule of life plays in the individual and communal life, it is a timely reflection on what religion is and how valuable it is to our spiritual journey as people and a parish. The popular notion of being spiritual but not religious, of wanting a relationship without the religion leaves something to be desired. I’ll let Fr. Mac Stewart take it from here.
I want a religion – Fr. Mac Stewart
I want a relationship, not a religion.
Most of our readers have probably come across this saying before, or some variation on it. In the present-day Episcopal Church, it often takes the form, “Jesus didn’t come to found a religion.” I understand the sentiment behind such slogans, and to a certain extent I am sympathetic with them, insofar as they reflect an earnest zeal to grow in and to draw others toward a deep personal intimacy with the living Christ and to avoid a stale, dead faith.
But, granted this sympathy, I have to say I rather like my religion, and I’m pretty sure it’s good for me.