I’m Spiritual, Not Religious

“I’m spiritual, not religious.”

I’ve heard this so often from  the most sincere people.  They seem to wear it as a badge for having accomplished some sort of rite of passage.

What is your translation for:

“I’m spiritual, not religious.”

Here’s mine:

“I want the comforts of Christianity, without the challenges.”

Becoming like Jesus Christ – a challenge that lasts a lifetime, it certainly takes committment and direction from something more substantive than one’s gut. Reflecting further:  Christ without a Body, why bother with the Cross.

I agree Church is work, and messy at times, just like a family, but Jesus thought we were up to this challenge with a little help from the Others in His Family, the Father and the Holy Spirit.  Actually, Christians get two Mothers, Mary and the Church.  The Church isn’t optional.  It is the Body of Christ.

4 thoughts on “I’m Spiritual, Not Religious

  1. I think it’s people who don’t want the hard parts of Christianity, so they don’t claim it at all. The one thing I can say for this POV is that at least it’s more honest than Christians who want to claim Christ’s name without being inconvenienced. But then, maybe I’m being judgmental. Tough line to walk.

  2. I think it means that “I believe in something, but I’m not going to join some church that has rules because I want to make my own rules.”

    This unwillingness to subject oneself to God is the height of pride which ultimately leads to all kinds of trouble in our world.

  3. My translation is that these people have not yet developed the art of expressing faith in public without being self-conscious. They think, rightly, that a modest discretion must accompany public worship and they can’t achieve it. Consequently, they seek to keep their beliefs private and to themselves.

    Not being able to get over themselves may also be an indication that their faith isn’t well-placed.

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