Do you use Google often? Do you know what Larry Page looks like? If you answered ‘No’, you are not alone. Of the millions of people who use Google every day, many have never even heard of Mr. Page.
In the same way, it is possible to work for Microsoft and never have met Bill Gates. It is possible to work for Reliance and never have met Mr. Ambani. You get my drift?
In quite the same way, it is possible that you have been in church all your life and have never yet met God.
And in the absence of a personal experience with the Creator all we are left with is the Culture. You look around and you think ‘Okay, so this is what church folk do. Sing a few songs. Stand up and sit down on cue. And then out the door we go’. And after a while that becomes such an empty experience.
It’s like attending the private party of someone you don’t know personally. In the absence of a relationship, once you are done with the cake and the food, you will always look for a way to sneak out.
And because there is nothing else to it, after a while you won’t come for the cake and cheese either, except maybe on Christmas and Easter — and even then only because grandma said it’s an obligation, and everyone’s going and besides you haven’t worn your new suit in a while. Get what I am saying?
But when it’s the party of someone you know and love dearly, you hang out till the end, you bring gifts, and you wait until you have had a chance to personally wish them. Why? Because you have a personal relationship with them and you cherish that.
A Personal Relationship with God — wasn’t that the crux and theme of Jesus’ life and message?
The way I see it: Jesus did not die so that the world could have another RELIGION, or so that we could have church on Sunday. He died so that we could have a Personal Relationship with God. And in the absence of that RELATIONSHIP, you are just another bigot masquerading as a Christian when you are anything but. And even you know that.