Have you ever been to a school pep assembly or a company sales rally centered on getting people hyped up for the big game or the big sale? Getting everyone on board?
Then you’ve been to church. We are guilty of playing on people’s emotions, of playing God in order to get everyone up on the bandwagon (where they belong). It’s for their own good.
Have you ever met a girl, emotionally dependent on boys, boy bands and imagined friendships — so dependent that she can break into tears when something happens to her idols, even if those people or groups have never been active in her life?
Then you’ve met your share of believers — people who claim a loving, intimate relationship with Jesus and live as if they’ve never met him.
Have you witnessed a hypnotist, helping someone to think and act like a chicken?
Then you’ve seen the way we use scripture and the promises of prayer, pretending that our “spiritual work” relieves us of the need to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, visit those who are sick or in prison. “Don’t you fret,” we say to those in need. “God will take care of you.”
Have you played a sport, been told that winning comes to those that really want it?
Then you’ve heard the Christian message. You know that you just need faith, just have to really believe, just haven’t been praying hard enough.
Is faith a mind game? Is it all in your head? Have we created religion to give us a sense of direction, a purpose in life, a source of forgiveness?
No. God is real. We live in a world that is filled with evidence of his creative power and awesome presence. So let’s stop playing make-believe. Games may be safe and comfortable. But in the end, these religious games are no better than the emperor’s new clothes. Even children can see right through them.
We live in a world that is filled with evidence of his creative power and awesome presence. So let’s stop playing make-believe.