I get the impression from a few of my unchurched friends that they think becoming “religious” is too difficult–the standards are too high and the people are too judgmental. I guess I tend to agree with them to a point. Jesus himself was quite vocal about the way the religious leaders of His day burdened the people with all kinds of legalistic mumbo-jumbo. You know, “You gotta do this, but you can’t do that.” Many churches haven’t learned much in 2000 years, either! Still, if my friends understood the difference between “religion” and “Christianity”, they would understand that Jesus takes a thousand times more off of you than he could ever put on you. Just for starters, he can release you from the terrible weight and shame of sin!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30