“God gets furious with people who are full of religious sales talk, but want nothing to do with him.” Ephesians 5:6
My religious preference is a vehicle to carry my faith to the next level. As a “cradle Lutheran,” I was baptized into the Christian faith. Over the years, I’ve explored other main-stream denominations, but the Lutheran theology is where I’m most comfortable. My three brothers and three children were cradle Lutherans, also. Only two of the six remain in the Lutheran church. I say, “If you are a Lutheran, be a good one.” And, the same goes for Methodists, Baptists, and non-denominational church members (and those who express their faith as non-Christians).
The early Christians didn’t have dozens of denomination to choose from to express their faith–there were simply Christians and non-Christians. Some used their religion as a form of idolatry or as a fairytale. Apostle Paul’s humble task was to teach the fledgling baby Christians to live out their religion, by the examples of Jesus and the love of God, to those not yet baptized into the faith.
Dear God, you love us to show our faith, not just tell about it. Amen.