Posted by: celticanglican | April 15, 2012

Some Thoughts on Spiritual “Buzz Terms” Part 1

A few months ago, a video on YouTube created quite a sensation, called “Why I hate religion and love Jesus“. In short, it summarized the problems that one person found with how faith is carried out. Lots of conversation and video responses followed.

This gives me a jumping-off point for three terms that come up quite commonly that I’d like to address in later posts:

  • Spiritual but not religious – was Jesus a religious man?
  • Organized religion – does it actually mean anything?
  • Religion or relationship – is “religion” to blame?

I think all of these subjects make for some interesting discussion, and are certainly worth addressing, one at a time. The discussion that this video generated shows one thing: people are genuinely seeking God, but often find obstacles placed in their way by those who profess Christ. What do we, as Christians, do to make sure we don’t fall into this category?

There are no easy answers, but we can learn from the example of those who have gone before us. Throughout Eastertide, the Lectionary readings often focus on the apostles’ encounters with “outsiders” and how it lead them to life-changing encounters with the Risen Christ. Maybe it’s hard for today’s outsiders to see past the obstacles that others have placed in the way.

 If you’ve seen the video I just referenced, what do you think? Is his approach on track, or is he mnissing something? If you are or were a member of the clergy, how would you respond?

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