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Archive for September, 2015

For the past five years, I’ve been posting a blog every now and then at ‘Done with Religion’. Unfortunately, now in September 2015 I am done. Well….only for the month.

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My wife and I are leaving on the biggest vacation we have ever taken, a drive from Ohio to the west coast.

We plan on visiting the Grand Canyon, seeing a show or two in Las Vegas, on to Los Angeles and a drive up Route 1 along the west coast. We are stopping in San Francisco and Seattle, then through Idaho and on to Chicago before heading back home to Ohio.

For those of you who follow my postings, I may not be posting while gone, or I may post from time to time telling you about our adventures. Either way, I want you to know I appreciate that you take the time to follow my blog and read my postings.

I hope you will be patient with us as my wife and I get away from the typical postings. I also ask for your prayers as we travel, asking that God watches over us as we travel, and that we allow the love of God to touch everyone we have contact with while away.

Thanks again for being a part of ‘Done with Religion’.

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Those of us who are outside the walls of religion and institutional church have found a freedom we sometimes can’t explain. At least we can’t explain it in a way that people who still attend a church building will understand.

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The problem is those who still attend the traditional church do not accept the fact that everyone is different and sees things in various ways. They usually want to stay away from us or talk about how we have backslidden and fallen away from God because we do not do what we have traditionally been taught was godly.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. We are worshipping and loving God just as much as they are, only in a different way. We have not left the Church (ekklesia) but have left the building (church).

Having left the church because I felt the system was not the way God intended, I have never left the true Church that is made up of us who are believers. Jesus is building His Church out of ‘living stones’.

Each of us has an equally important part to play in the body, yet no one is the head or over anyone else. Each of us are priests and functioning parts of the body, and we are all needed and important. Of course only Jesus is the head, not a pastor.

We need to remember that rather than let a feeling of ‘us vs them’ mentality get a hold on us, those of us who used to be part of the institutional church also need to keep in mind that those who attend church usually are doing so because they love God and think they are doing the right thing. We are all children of God, whether we are in the institutional church or out of it. We are all parts of the Church that Jesus is building.

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For those still attending, most do not think about how the system is wrong and that it is not what God intended for His people. After all, this is all we have known all our lives. We have been taught all along that this is God’s plan for us, to assemble together in a building, pay our tithes and look to the pastor as God’s spokesperson.

As people of God, we are to love God and love others. We cannot do that in our own strength, it is by the power of the Spirit within us. The sad thing is we really should not have much of a problem loving our brothers and sisters in Christ. Yet sometimes it seems we have more trouble loving those who are part of a tradition that we no longer feel is right, but are still followers of the same God we love.

I pray that all of us can keep in mind that we are children of God, saved by grace and living in His kingdom now. Whether we are ‘in church’ or outside the walls, let’s focus on our love of the Father, and for one another. The world needs to see the love of God in action among His children. They do not need to see the arguing, fighting and disagreeing that they are so familiar with in their daily lives.

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