I have constantly toyed with the question, “Which is more important Faith or Religion?”. I strongly believe that there is a difference between the two. For me “Faith” has to do with how I live my life and how my morals and beliefs dictate my day-to-day actions and interactions with other people. Whereas, Religion for me is the rituals or behaviors that I would do to enhance my Faith.
I have heard for many years, “You are a really good person, you would be the perfect Christian if you just went to church.” What the hell does that even mean? Are they saying that me being a good person is not enough to consider me a Christian? Is my poor attendance at church a mandatory requirement that somehow disproportionately gives me a pass or fail rating on the Christian grading scale? I always felt that the more important part of being a Christian was how I lived my life and loved thy neighbor. Everyone has heard the “What would Jesus do?” slogan. Well, I believe that I do a whole lot of that and I do not feel that going to church or not going to church should be a discredit to my goodwill and my dedication to being a good person. I have a strong belief in GOD and all that he is. I work really hard to show that I am appreciative all the blessings that he has provided me on a daily basis and have no shame in calling his name and introducing him to others that do not know him or refuse to acknowledge his presence. I may not go to church every Sunday but I have far less to repent for than most that do.
I believe that there is no judge as harsh as the ones that call themselves Christians. It is sad but true. If the bible teaches us not to judge and that that GOD is the only true judge. Why do we (Christians) always feel the need to do so. Is it because to look at others and place shame and call out their flaws somehow makes us feel as though we have none, or that ours or lesser in comparison? That is silly and hypocritical at best. I would always rather live my life as a Christian then go to church every Sunday and just pretend that I am. My Faith is far more important to me than my Religion ever could be. Therefore, I feel that to consider me any less of a Christian for my poor church attendance is just stupid.