Today, I decided to take a bath in Coke. Then I washed my car with it. I then scrubbed my clothes with it. Then I rinshed off my dishes. It was a good day. I figured that since the primary ingredient is water, it would be the same thing. It made total sense. Right?
Unfortunately, religion and denominations are like bathing in Coke. It is a clouded and diluted picture. We took the Living Water and added the high fructose corn syrup of judgement and condemnation. We jump to conclusions, listen and spread gossip. We choose sides in personal arguments instead of lending support. We took Jesus and added the caramel coloring of doctrine and all the shoulds, woulds, and coulds. We speak eloquently about Jesus while shunning others and looking down our noses at those who see the caramel differently. We take our Savior and add phosphoric acid. The acid of sacrificial wine that excludes all those who seek salvation. Then we add caffeine. The caffeine of a jittery Faith.
We have forgotten the clean and simple message of the Living Water. We forgot about Love, Forgiveness, Grace. Water is vital to living. Water is the majority of what makes up our substance. It is essential. It is pure and unspoiled.