“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Religious Addicts

March 15

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.—1 Corinthians 15:58

Some years ago at least one newspaper article spoke condescendingly of “religious addicts” and singled out “fundamentalists” as the worst of these addicts. Fundamentalists, in the view of many, are people who believe the Bible is inerrantly true and insist on a strictly literal interpretation of it. Apparently those critics don’t think people who believe the whole Book can be capable of distinguishing between the literal and figurative passages in it.

If a religious addict is an unreasoning zealot whose religion is all form and no substance, and who attempts to recruit others to his opinions rather than to the Lord, then that isn’t what we want to be. But if being devoted to the Lord makes us religious addicts, fine! Some people seem to be addicted to church attendance, attending as many as three times a week. Some even spend time every day in prayer and do good works at every opportunity. Some are busy helping create new addicts -– devoted to regular Bible reading.

If you’re not that kind of addict, here’s hoping you soon will be. This morning might be a good time to ask the Father to help you love him more and serve him better. Please do that.

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