Daily Dose, Sept. 7 — True Religion

  While he was speaking, a Pharisee invited him to dine with him; so he went in and took his place at the table. The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not first wash before dinner. Then the Lord said to him, ‘Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You fools! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? So give for alms those things that are within; and see, everything will be clean for you. (Luke 11:37-41) True religion connects the past to the present. Bad religion celebrates the past and reveres the prophets without paying attention to what the prophet had to say. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day led ceremonies to honor the prophets, but they could care less that Micah insisted that they “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.”(6:8) Bad religion yaks about Jesus and knows how to quote Jesus, but fails to remember that the best way to honor Jesus is to feed the hungry and welcome the stranger. (Matthew 25:35-40) The best way to honor Moses and the prophets is to practice what they preached. They call us to a life of devotion to God, love of neighbor, and fairness in our every day business deals. Bad religion pays lip service to the spiritual giants of the Bible. True religion listens to the anointed lips of the prophets putting their sacred words into daily action. Let’s read the prophets and Moses and the Psalms and pay serious attention to every word Jesus said and connect the past to the present. -- Dr. Don