“The focus [of the conference] was Jesus -- not Christianity, but Jesus, and the speaker talked about how Jesus loved people and how Jesus engaged the culture around him.
“He talked about how Jesus hated empty religion and loved to see expressions of simple faith in him… Jesus was much more interesting than I had been led to believe.
“I realized I had not been following Jesus; I had been a follower of Christianity -- an organized set of rules and beliefs substituted in his place.
“That [realization] changed everything: it changed how I taught, how I pastored, how I loved my wife, how I saw my job, and how I viewed people who [did not go to church.]”
How about you?
Have you ever had a realization that you are not so much following Jesus, but Christianity?
Or let’s back up a bit and ask, have you ever had a spiritual realization of any sort that “changed everything”?