They Went and Turned it into a Religion!

"Turned it into a Religion" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Turned it into a Religion” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward


The man who they called Jesus may have provoked a reform of his own religion, but he did not intend to start a new one.

Certainly his life and teaching would inspire us to be honest and walk our own path as he did.

But his life and teaching would also instruct us that this would not guarantee any kind of safety.

Which is why it is easier to just subscribe to the religion.


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4 Responses

  1. Caryn LeMur says:

    How are you defining the word ‘safety’?

  2. Caryn LeMur says:

    Ah… ok… yes, the churches that I have known – from Baptist-like to Vineyard – have created an unspoken doctrine of safety. And their religion centers around ‘a family’ – that is, a safe place to which you can retreat.

    So, in one Non-Denom of 600 families, there were only 2 of us that went to the local prison; 1 that (I recall) took food to the homeless. And all the others just went to church – a nice safe place.

    In a Vineyard I attended, they did provide a place for food to be given to the poor – even a free dinner on Wednesdays. I went there a few times, and counted 6 people there (workers) from the 200 member Vineyard. Of the 6 people, only 2 to 3 would chat with the homeless that came for the dinner.

    We do tend to create a Religion that gives a sense of Safety.

    I am not so against that Religion any more – lovely plays, excellent music, some good talks by the speakers, and people being assured that they were on the right path. Very similar to other good clubs.

    Some people need a safe community. Clubs and churches provide that very thing.

  3. True. I’m not against religion either. But it seems one has to choose, at some point, where their loyalties lie: with themselves or the institution.