Spirituality versus Religiosity
Are you a religious person?
Are you a spiritual person?
A person can be religious without being spiritual.
Witness: The Pharisees. (Matthew 23) The carnal-minded Corinthians. (1 Corinthians 3)
Because of hypocrites and carnal-minded church-goers, the general opinion is that ALL religious people are non-spiritual.
And we know that Jesus calls us to be spiritual.
Jesus speaks about three actions of spirituality in the Sermon on the Mount: (Matthew 6:1-18)
Charitable deeds (our interaction with others and willingness to help)
Prayer (our communication with God and trust in Him)
Fasting (our control over ourselves and our desires)
It is true that a person can be spiritual without being religious (that is, doing those three activities, but not going to church or even belonging to a church). And non-church-going people love to justify their lifestyle!
So, general opinion is that being spiritual is enough, especially if “all religious people are non-spiritual, and therefore stand condemned.”
But Jesus calls us to be both spiritual AND religious.
The three actions mentioned above which demonstrate a person's spirituality could be called “private religion” (or, “secret religion,” or, “closet religion,” the idea in Matthew 6:6).
Then there is “public religion,” the actions visible to others that are dictated by one's spirituality. Jesus asks us to make a public confession that He is the Christ, the Son of God, (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 10:32; Acts 8:37; etc.) and be baptized for the forgiveness of our sins. (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-4; etc.) He prescribes all the acts of obedience and faithfulness that have to do with Christian life (going to church, Hebrews 10:24 -25; helping others, Galatians 6:1-10; etc.).
Jesus, Himself, was both spiritual and religious. He fasted severely and prayed often. (Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 6:12; etc.) Concerning His “public religion,” notice Jesus' example of worshipping publicly (Luke 4:16; Hebrews 2:10 -13), and His long record of public preaching and good deeds, as summed up in Acts 10:36 -38.
So, are you spiritual?
Are you religious?
God wants you to be both!
Written by Ink Man