Q. I am married to a man who, although he believes in Jesus, cannot stand anything to do with organized religion, including even the idea of Church because of the problems that it has caused in the world. He frequently says “All in the name of religion”. How can I help him to separate our God from the hatred, war, hypocrisy, money grubbing nature of organized religion today? And I guess really, I ask for me too, since I agree with him. I guess in a way I worry that if we do decide to have kids that there may be some issues in how to raise them. I want my kids to have all the exposure to Jesus and Christianity that I had.
A. Religion is man’s invention, not God’s. When Jesus came to Earth, man already had one of the most sophisticated religions ever known. He didn’t come to start another one. He came to restore the relationship between God and man. He’s as opposed to religion as you are.
If your husband’s real problem is the hypocrisy of organized religion, ask him to help you find a church that concentrates on developing a close and abiding relationship with Jesus to the exclusion of everything else. If you can’t find one, get a few like minded couples together and start one in your home. Where there’s a will there’s a way.