Religion in a Plastic Bag

Religion in a Plastic Bag

Yesterday I got to see this painting of Martin Luther.  He changed the world in 1517 when he spoke out against the religion of his day.  The church had taken the simplicity of the gospel – salvation in Christ through faith alone – and added lots of excess to it.

 

After that I went to a grocery store.  They didn’t have any plastic bags for customers, so I had to balance everything in my arms as I walked out.  It was awkward.  In the U.S. a store would flop if they didn’t have plastic bags.  It’s annoying.  I don’t want to have to think of bringing my own bag to the store every time I come.  I want convenience and I want there to be plenty of it.

 

This may be a stretch, but I think convenience and excess are a major problem with religion in America today.  Churches have nine different service times to fit our hectic schedules.  Some even preach that God wants you fat and happy.  We like to hear that, because that’s how we are living any way.  It doesn’t require any effort for change and we don’t have to be deliberate.  We don’t have to bring our own bag to the store.  It’s all nicely packed so we can walk out of church with it in the free plastic bag they gave us.

 

I’m thinking it’s time I go Luther on convenience and excess.  I’m the only one that can do it for me.  You are the only one that can do it for you.