Spiritual but Not Religious

How often we hear the self-identification, “I am spiritual but not religious”. This acknowledgment of our spirituality addresses the reality of St. Augustine’s affirmation, “that our hearts are restless until we find our rest in Thee (referring to God)”. Why? Because we are spiritual beings created by God to be in relationship with God and one another. A relationship that finds its fullest expression in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Lord. Christ came to reconcile us with God and each other in the fullness of God’s love.

We are encouraged by Scripture to “consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another”. Hebrews 10: 24, 25 It is in the interdependence of a communal relationship of faith, grounded in Scripture and empowered by the Spirit of God, that humanity reaches its fullest potential finding both identity and meaning. It is when we understand that “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world” James 1: 27. The Christian worldview is filtered through the will of God expressed in scripture and revealed in Christ. It is one of mutual forbearance and compassion. It is one in which peace and joy is the consequence of unconditional love. No we are not perfect but by grace we continue to encourage and support one another as we seek to live out the reality of our spirituality within the expression and the faith of the Christian religion. Therefore, by grace we are both spiritual and religious and encourage others to “taste and see that the LORD is good; happy are those who take refuge in him. Psalm 34: 8.