Decaffeinated Religion

by Dody Gibson

I suppose most people wake up in the morning looking forward to that first cup of coffee. And without doubt, it is the best one of the day. The smell of coffee brewing is something like aroma set to music. My husband is an early riser. When I get up there is always a cup of hot coffee sitting by my newspaper and my favorite chair. Now that’s the way to start a new day!

Occasionally, there are those who encounter some problems with their daily brew. It might make them anxious or nervous. Perhaps, if drank late in the day, it will keep them awake at night. No one wants to go without the beverage to which they have become accustomed, so modern technology has found a solution to the difficulty. It appears the offender is the caffeine. Research has discovered a way to remove it, leaving the original flavor intact. Therefore, we can all continue to enjoy that cup of coffee without all the unpleasant side effects.

It occurs to me that religion is a lot like a good cup of coffee. For Christians, it is the first thing we think about as we awaken. Who could start the day without talking to God and asking His oversight as we go through the daily routine. And yes, like a coffee break occasionally, we refresh our relationship with our Father often. It is something like peace of mind reflected in a hymn. We strive to serve Him and please Him according to His commandments and not our impression of His will. This ensures that we will get the full benefits of the requested blessings.

There are those who struggle with the Divine ordinances. They find it difficult to follow every "Thou shalt" and "Thou shalt not." Their conscience makes them uneasy and they find it difficult to sleep at night. So the search is on for a way that will allow them to side step the things they don't like and keep the things they enjoy. They pick and choose through the Holy Word of God like a Biblical smorgasbord. Yes, we see them removing the "caffeine" out of religion; leaving the part that pleases them, indulging and still have the feeling they have the 'real' thing. In this way, they have trained their conscience to believe all is well.

Decaffeinated religion! It might look okay. It might smell okay. It might taste okay but I'm afraid one might be left with only the dregs in the bottom of the cup of faith.

A lot is said in the Bible about pure religion and the very last warning we have in the New Testament is for those who would attempt to remove even one thing from it’s content.

"And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life and out of the holy city and from the things which are written in this book." (Rev 22:19)
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