"If the son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." John 8:36
There is an organization calling itself the "Freedom from Religion Foundation" which has as its stated goal the eradication of religion from the public marketplace (or so it seems). Well, I have news for them. As a born-again, Bible believing Christian, I am already free from religion!! If this sounds strange, especially coming from a pastor, please follow closely as I outline my reason's for making this statement.
First, all of the world's religions have a single, common thread running through them. This includes everything from the most primitive form of religion such as is found in remote tribes utilizing so-called medicine men and primitive forms of worship to the more sophisticated ceremonies performed in elaborate sanctuaries of the modern world. This common thread is one of man seeking a closeness to God, or a god; or seeking to placate an angry god, or more fundamentally, just seeking God. This includes requirements to do something in order to accomplish the above results.
Examples of this are requirements to DO something, such as using prayer beads, wearing special clothing, lighting candles, beating drums, and various other forms of religious practices. These practices run the gamut of the world's religions, even including some types of "Christianity."
True Christianity, in its purest form is exactly the opposite of all of the above. While it may seem to the outsider (i.e. unbeliever) that Christians are following the above practices, it is important to point out that they are not doing many things in order to find God, but are doing them because God has already found them.
Applicable verses include John 3:16, "For god so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" and Ephesians 2:8-10, "For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; iit is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are HIs workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works...."
So you see that the true Christian, who knows what God has done for him, is already "free from religion," just not free from their personal relationship with God who loved them enough to free them from meaningless religious practices. Because of what God has already done for me, I can truly say with the psalmist "The Lord is my shepherd...." and tell the world that I am truly "free from religion!!"
In His Service,