Monday, January 18, 2016

Spiritual vs. Religious

When I was going through the RCIA program to join the Catholic Church, we watched a series of videos called Symbolon, which taught the basics of the Catholic faith. I loved the videos and found them to be incredibly informative, they answered all of my big questions and I think they would answer many questions posed by people today. One of the things that was discussed was people who say they are spiritual but not religious. This exact situation came up at work one day and I didn't handle it the way I should have.

One of the gals that I have really enjoyed getting to know, recently had a baby. She comes from a family of Catholics and would now like to baptize the child. I, of course, was thrilled when I first heard it. But then she said she wasn’t going to start going to church after baptizing him. She said to me, “I’m spiritual, but I’m not religious. I pray, but I don’t go to church.”

In the video, the man being interviewed said everyone wants to win the Stanley Cup but no one wants to go to practice. We all want to go to Heaven but we don’t want to put the work in while we are here. The truth is, not all will go; the truth is, God respects our own decisions and if we decide we don’t want to accept the opportunity the Lord has blessed us with, to serve and worship him on earth, then he is not going to make us do it for all eternity. 

We are not saved by faith alone. Just because we believe Christ came and died for all the world’s sins and that I want to go to Heaven, doesn’t mean I’m going to get there. Living a life in service of God and neighbor is how our faith is perfected. God respects our own desires, he made us in his image. Because of that, he won’t force us to worship him in Heaven forever when we can’t even give him an hour on Sundays.

Let me know if you think you are spiritual or religious (or both) in the comments below. Also, subscribe because tomorrow’s post is about making your dreams a reality. Thanks for stopping by, and have a sparkly day!

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  1. Great post, Lexie! I like the metaphor of winning but not wanting to go to practice. How true that is. Not many people understand the importance of going to church. I would have to say I am both spiritual and religious.

    1. Me too! Thanks for stopping by. God bless.

  2. Great post Lexie - I know so many people who fall into this type of language - what they seem to be saying is "I want God on my own terms, not on His." BTW - LOVE Symbolon.

  3. What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." James 2:14-17

    Thank you for sharing this at the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth.