Reading John 10
“But religion is an inconvenience only to those who are travelling against the grain of creation, at cross-purposes with the way that leads to redemption.”
P121 “A Long Obedience In The Same Direction” Eugene Peterson
If you will agree that there is a Creator, you might further agree that the Creator has a plan and purpose for this world, and for you. Our world is a difficult place, we often wonder if it is broken and perhaps at times we despair if it is possible to see it restored/repaired. Our efforts often seem to produce amazing results, other times it looks/feels like two steps forward and three steps backwards. The Christian world view sees this world as created by God and that it was good. However, it didn’t stay that way, humans messed it up. The Creator gave us the ability to choose, and while we often choose well and wisely, we seem to just as often choose poorly. On our own, as humanity, it appears to be a loosing battle. One of the hardest things to figure out are the excesses and problems caused by ‘religion’. In and of itself religion is the quest for the Creator, however, we try to make that our own and a way to justify our actions that are not for the larger good. Two steps forward and three steps back. Eugene Peterson, in his book A Long Obedience In The Same Direction says this: : But religion is an inconvenience only to those who are traveling against the grain of creation, at cross-purposes with the way that leads to redemption.” Here is our conundrum, seeking God is impacted by our issues, the very ones that require we need God. But, it is not a lost cause. The key is in Eugene’s line about the way that leads to redemption. If we are not that concerned about being in a close relationship with God through the redemption of Jesus, religion becomes a tool, a crutch or even a weapon. Religion is a problem when are not truly seeking the Creator. God is merciful and gracious and understands our capacity to seek is warped, that’s why Jesus came. Take heart dear seeker, Jesus said “I have come that you might have life and that you might have life more abundantly” (John’s Gospel, chapter 10). To allow your religion to line up with the Creator’s plan for you, seek the redemption found in Jesus Christ!