One of my favorite musicians, Jack Johnson, wrote a song called Taylor which not only is a catchy song, but it has great lyrics as well. There is one line that sticks out to me every time I listen to it though. It says, "He thinks that singing on Sunday's gonna save his soul, now that Saturday's gone." This line gets me thinking about what religion is, and how big of a role should it play in our lives.
Let's start with the first question, what is religion? My first thoughts would be something you believe. As I pondered more and more about it, I realized that it's much more than just a belief. Religion is something you live. It's a way of life.
Now for the second question, how big of a role should religion play in our lives? My first thoughts are we have church on Sunday and occasionally a youth group activity in the middle of the week. Those are the things that involve going to church, but do we have to physically go to the church for it to have an impact in our lives? Absolutely not. We have to take the things we learn there and apply them to our lives to help others and ourselves.
Matthew 7:21 reads, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." We must live our religion in order to enter into the Kingdom of heaven, not just believe it. We must follow in the footsteps of the only perfect man to walk the face of the earth, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He will never lead us astray.