In Australia people are giving up on religion, so the ABS says. Personally, I doubt it. There may be less people attending church, and a reduction in the number of those who have nominal attachment. But really, everyone is religious. Even the ‘no religion’ response is a religious response.
Those who do not believe in God still offer a response to God – one of unbelief. As those who are agnostic say ‘we don’t know if there is a God.’
Maybe there are just different religious responses.
Those who ignore God, and live as though he doesn’t exist.
Those who avoid God. Who know he’s probably there, who tip toe around his fingerprints, and do their best to think about other things.
Those who manipulate God. Or at least try to. If I
- work on my broken relationship
- pray harder
- get to church more
- stop that terrible behaviour
- give to that charity
- fill in the blank
…then God will do what I ask, bless me, accept me.
Then there’s following God. Receiving his gift of grace, forgiveness and life, and living a life that shows his true intent for life and humanity. This is the life Jesus has come to give.
‘No religion’ is not an option, so which one are you? And how is that working?