Meeting Jesus at a very young, tender age taught me something: to listen to Him and not to religious ways of a population.
I could hate, but I don’t. The reason I try to keep my heart out of the mud is for me and my immediate family. While I walk wholeheartedly in the truth of my circumstances, I don’t hold on to angst. I could! Oh, trust me, I could.
Angst is “a feeling of deep anxiety or dread, typically an unfocused one about the human condition.” Believe it or not, I stay fairly focused on the positive in life. Looking instead for God’s favor, His direction, and watching for His lead. This takes my eyes off most of the stuff around me.
If I hadn’t met Jesus before I turned four, I fear what my outcome would have been. Do you know how often offenders use religious cover?
- 93% of sex offenders describe themselves as “religious” (Abel study of 3,952 male offenders)
- In a survey of 2,864 church leaders, 20% knew of a sex offender attending/member of their church (Christanity Today 2010)
- Hard core offenders maintaining significant involvement with religious institutions “had more sexual offense convictions, more victims, and younger victims
- Church provides “cheap Grace,” gullible religious people, and easy access to children
Religious ways (meaning “relating to or believing in a religion”) are not the God of the bible. Gulliable? Jesus? No way! This is human tradition and the rules of people — NOT God. Society can be deceived and manipulated — God cannot be.