The word we know as “religion” means “Relinking.”
So here’s a question:
To what or whom are you linked?
In a negative sense, religion can have to do with doctrine, tradition and works. All of these carry us away from an intimate relationship with god, instead of bringing us closer, mostly because they rely on rules and recipes. Who needs to depend on god, or even acknowledge Him for that matter, if we can achieve righteousness on our own?
This false kind of religion also misrepresents Him. Instead of turning people to Jesus and His love, we end up expressing ourselves and all that we bring with us, including injury, deception, pride, fear and very limited demonstrations of “goodness.”
In a more positive sense, religion is descriptive of the ways in which each of us lives out his or her relationship with God. It reflects our “link.”
This true sense of “relinking” is like the moon, reflecting sunlight. If it didn’t do that, we wouldn’t be able to see it in the night sky. That is how we are, reflecting God’s glory so that He can be seen in the darkness.
When we turn to Him first so that He saves and fills us, we can reach out to others in response, bringing the true goodness of God into the world: That which revives, heals, blesses, overcomes, saves, delivers and brings prosperity; God Himself.