In his post, Jason suggests several ways to help people move away from a life of religion and toward life in Jesus Christ. Like any good rehab program, he has included 12 steps, although he only writes about the first 6 steps in this post.
Here are the first 6 steps of his 12 step program:
- See Jesus for Who He Is
- Learn Humility
- Seeing Through New Eyes
- Submit to the Process
- Resist the Temptation to Become a Sacred Superstar
- Know the Difference Between Your Desire and God’s Will
If you’re interested, Jason describes each of these steps in detail, and I’m sure he’ll do the same for steps 7-12 in Part 2 of this series.
However, I’m not as interested in the steps per se. Instead, I was glad to see Jason include himself among the “religious”:
Most followers of Jesus have been contaminated by religion’s influence in one way or another. I certainly have.
Yes, we have all been “contaminated” by religion, and in certain ways we continue to be contaminated by religion, trying to reach God by the rules or processes that we keep.
To me, the importance of a post like this is not in the specific steps, although those are good. Instead, this kind of post is important because it reminds us that WE are guilty of religion. This is not just a problem with THEM (whoever is not like US).
We should be constantly and consistently testing our lives, our attitudes, our trusts, our plans, everything, to find that roots of religion that can cause problems. I know that I’ve found many in my life, sometimes in places where I least expected it.
What do you think? Can you be “religious”?