January 7, 2011
Guest Post by Stephanie Johnson
“All religion ever made of me was just a sinner with a stone tied to my feet”-Jason Gray
It’s from the song “More Like Falling In Love” by Jason Gray. This makes so much sense to me. So many people are turned off by the idea of religion because it’s just a set of rules that a bunch of fire and brimstone believers came up with so that society would behave a certain way. And you know, that isn’t too far from the truth. I’ve heard it time and time again that to believe in God isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship.
My pastor last night said that the Bible is the greatest love story ever written, and he couldn’t be more right. It starts with infatuation, moves on to the pursuit, takes the risk, and gets the relationship.
First, it’s infatuation. God is entirely smitten with us. He loves us from our toes to the back of our ears. Our Father wants to be a part of our lives so bad it hurts Him. We’re all He thinks about, dreams about, hopes for, and pines for. Simply put, it’s a crush.
Then comes the pursuit. God wants us to be His so bad it’s painstaking. He’s constantly trying to get our attention in every way possible, hoping that we’ll give Him a second glance. It’s the chase. It’s exciting and terrifying all at the same time. He’s on the pursuit to ask us for that first date with Him, because He adores us so much more than we deserve.
As with all relationships, there comes the risk. The risk of letting your roots become so entwined with another that they become One soul. They know your flaws, your failures, your dreams, your strengths, everything. He has already taken the risk of falling in love with you, of trusting you with everything in Him. He’s taking the risk of believing that we can have just as much faith in Him as He does us.
Finally, when we come to the realization that no man will every fulfill the kind of love that Christ gives us, we accept the relationship. God has finally won His prize. Honestly, it’s our feeble souls that have truly won. To have the love of Christ emanating from our very bones. To have our spirits overwhelmed with joy and peace. God is mine, and I am God’s. We are One being. A couple. Lovebirds, even. I am in a relationship with God.
I have no religion. I have God, and that’s all I need. I think that’s what Jason Gray is trying to say in this beautiful song. That religion is not God, and God is not religion. God is love, and we should feel like we’re falling in love with Him over and over again the closer we get to Him. God loves you, so don’t feel like you have to believe in religion to believe in God. They are two completely different things. God’s love surpasses any kind of love we will ever feel with a man or woman on this earth, and without the Love of Christ, we have nothing.