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Relationship vs. Religion: Christians often say, I don't have religion; I've got a relationship. What does that really mean?
Posted by Douglas, Jun 26, 2009. 1745 views. ID = 2698

Relationship vs. Religion

Posted by Douglas, Jun 26, 2009. 1745 views. ID = 2698
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I so often hear fellow Christians say "I have a relationship, not a religion." Every time I hear that it makes me cringe. By most reasonable definitions of religion, Christianity certainly qualifies: we have a set of doctrines, and a set of moral guidelines.

I understand why people say this; the word "religion" has come to have a bad connotation. However, I think we may have forgotten what James has to say about true religion!

This poem is a bit of an experiment for me; it's anapestic tetrameter, but with an ABBA rhyme scheme.
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There are Christians who say, "No religion for me!"
For religion's a word with a bad connotation;
But our doctrines and faith form the strongest foundation,
And we have forgotten, it's Truth, sets us free.

And we proudly announce we've relation instead,
And forget that though Jesus has called us his friends,
We abide in His love as we heed His commands,
And the Father's revealed to us just as He said.

And how quickly forgotten are words we've been told -
For the Good Book declares True Religion is this:
To tend to and visit, and never dismiss
All the widows and orphans left out in the cold.

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Jun 29, 2009
Very nice! Our Sunday School studied James this year, and I think this is an excellent poetic summary of it.
   ~Posted by Laura, Jun 29, 2009

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