Wednesday, June 11, 2014

What is religion?

This quote hit me flat in the middle of the eyes this morning during my reading of Timothy Keller's Counterfeit Gods....

"Your religion is what you do with your solitude"
                                  Archbishop William Temple

Basically, when no one is around, just you and God, wherever your thoughts, desires and actions go to is what you REALLY believe.  It is so easy for us as human beings to "say" something out of our use our vocal chords to "dress" ourselves in a particular garment.  But what our heart is truly wearing is shown eventually by our actions, not what we say.  Most of the time, this comes out when no one else is watching, no one that would judge us or criticize us.

For me, the key is a constant realization that God is watching everything, is with me in everything.  Scripture says that one day He WILL judge, He will ask me, "what did you do with your life in the solitude, Rowland?"

That's enough for me to at least work hard to be a person where integrity shines like the sun, even when no one else is there to enjoy the daylight!


  1. My religion is what I do instinctively without analysis. If you let God into your heart, read his word and accept his precepts then they will be reflected in your instinctive behavior. Animals do things by instinct but they have no free will. As children of God we choose to accept his guidance and are blessed with the knowledge of how he wants us to be.

  2. Appreciate the comments bigaldepr....problem with my instincts are that they are sometime polluted with sin. I guess I'd respectively argue that our instincts lead us to things that "feel" good when sometimes doing what God "instructs" leads to life more than what we least for me :)

    Be blessed!