I’ve heard people say, “I don’t believe in organized religion.”
I answer, “Do you prefer disorganized religion?”
Often at the root of such statements is a history of hurt or an avoidance of the challenges of relationship.
Fish swim in schools for a reason. Christians swim in congregations. Some claim an affinity toward Jesus yet do not mix with other believers. When we say, “I’m a Christian but keep to myself” we are actually saying, “I like Jesus, I just don’t share his values for people.”
We may avoid fellowship even if we attend a church. We go, “low profile.” We may keep distance out of fear, arrogance, a sense of unworthiness, hopelessness or avoidance of deep issues.
Hundreds of verses exhort, model or imply the relational imperative. Still many believe in the “safe”, “undemanding” life of isolation where we are not responsible for others or responsible to them. Loneliness rather than connection.
Hebrews 10:25 warns , “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. “
Salvation comes through Christ alone. Non-other than Jesus calls us to oneness with fellow believers. Who are we to refuse? See you in school!
Steven C Johnson