Daily Dose, Sept. 8 — True Religion

   One of the lawyers answered him, ‘Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us too.’ And he said, ‘Woe also to you lawyers! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not lift a finger to ease them. Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your ancestors killed. So you are witnesses and approve of the deeds of your ancestors; for they killed them, and you build their tombs. Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, “I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute”, so that this generation may be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against this generation. (Luke 11:45-51) 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