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Daily Thought: Don't Be Consumed by Religion

"There may not be a more dangerous weapon for violence or oppression than religion.  It seems counterintuitive, but when human beings create religions, we use them to control others through their guilt and shame.  True religion always moves us to serve others and to give our lives to see those oppressed find freedom.  Paul persecuted followers of Christ and even instigated their deaths, but then he risked his own life so that others might live.  He once personified the very worst that happens when a religion becomes civilized.  It moves away from God and oppresses humanity in God's name.  Paul was once consumed by religion, but then he was transformed by the living presence of God Himself." ~ Erwin McManus, The Barbarian Way, p. 47

Comments said…
Excellent book. I have it on disc and listen to bits & pieces often while driving. How true what Erwin says...
Christians must be willing to fight for right; that's true, and many followers say they would die for Christ, but run from battle unscathed.
But on the other hand, it is not always clear which battles are winnable and which need be fought another day. For that we must look to God the Commander.

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