I Don’t Want Your Religion!


I’m seeking relationship not religion.


Still struggling to define my word for 2014. What am I seeking? Yes, I’ve said it time and time again, God. I know that. But why? And what does that look like?

This morning after my Bible reading I popped over to Relevant Magazine’s website to see what was new or trending. I was looking for something to disagree with so I would have a controversial topic on which to end the month.

Instead, I found two articles that I have skimmed rather than read in full because their main ideas lead me to my first sentence. I don’t want to steal their words. I will provide links to their articles, though!

Until recently no one knew, or noticed somehow, that my family has been visiting churches. As soon as we began discussing the topic, however, my husband made an observation.

“Have you noticed that as soon as we say we’re visiting churches everyone within hearing distance starts telling us we should immediately attend their church and that it’s the best?”

He’s correct. That is what has happened in the past week. 

But it’s only happened after we’ve said we’re visiting churches and not while we’ve been in the doors of any churches. One church, out of many, has taken the time to ask us why we were there.

All of the sudden after months of pretty much no one inviting us to church, everyone is inviting us to church. We can’t go to church with everyone. And the question remains, what am I seeking?

I don’t want your religion. 


I believe the Bible is the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). I believe Jesus is the Son of God (John 3:16). I believe He died and rose again as a sacrifice for my sins (Romans 3:23-25). I believe that the Holy Spirit came to live within me when I first believed (Acts 4:31). I believe I have been called and commissioned to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 29:18-20).

I don’t want your religion. 

I want to deepen my relationship with the Father. I want to form relationships with fellow believers that will challenge me and allow me to challenge them in return (Proverbs 27:17). I want a bond with servants of Christ who are sold out and willing to go to the extreme to take His message of salvation to our community (Acts 1:8). 

I’m not seeking religion. I don’t need it. I’ve got Jesus! He’s the only way!

What about you? Do you have Jesus? If not, do you have questions? Are you seeking to fill that something inside of you that never seems to be satisfied?

Jesus.


He’s the answer. I’d love to walk you through the Scripture and help you see how a relationship with Him is what you are seeking. Please feel free to contact me here or at mrs_tripp@hotmail.com if you need someone to talk to about your relationship with Christ. 

Folks, it really isn’t about religion. It’s all about relationship.

Here are the links to the two articles that lead me to this topic: Chasing vs. Following and Breaking the Religion Ritual.

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3 comments

  • Carrie – I could have written your words a few years ago. So tired of the politics and games in church. Wanting to grow without feeling like I’m getting a weekly guilt trip to spur the growth. I am so thankful we found the church we now attend – I feel that we have grown together and separately closer to God in the last year and a half than my entire previous churchgoing life. I pray you guys can find that, too. Until then, if you’re just needing some meat to chew during the week, please look up pulpitrock.com and look for the “game changers” video series… It changed our lives! Prayers and love!

  • Hi Carrie,

    You are absolutely right. At the end of the day, really what it boils down to is relationships, not religion. Whether you believe in god or not, it’s all about your relationship with him. Thanks for the great post!