“I hate all this silly religion, but you, God, I trust.” Psalm 31:6
One night I attended a dinner party in which my husband and I were the only people who did not attend a conservative Christian church. One man sensed that I was the “odd-woman” out and asked me THE question. “Do you believe the Bible is infallible?
In front of God and the other eleven diners, I said something like this: “I believe the Bible is the most important book in my faith growth. Through it, I have learned three things: God created everything; man screwed up, and God gave us a second chance through his son, Jesus Christ.” Then I added, “I don’t spend time trying to figure out if everything in the Bible is the absolute truth. I trust God is powerful enough to make everything I read in the Bible happen.” To understand what I believe helped me to turn the conversation to a more neutral subject.
David had sinned and strived to reconcile his relationship with God. He knew “silly religion” couldn’t repair the damage and chose instead to trust God. As a sinner, I am constantly repairing my relationship with God. I do this by praying, reading the Bible, and being part of a religious organization that shares similar philosophies and belief in God.
Dear Lord, help us fix “silly religion” so that we can get the Message out to those who need to hear the Good News. Amen.