Perfectly good terms and phrases utilized so much that they often are morphed into something well beyond their original meaning. We all know words that were once clearly defined and are now transformed into something completely different. Words such as sick, bad, etc. have taken on different meaning over time and in different cultures. The term changes are expedited in our world of instant communication. Rapid social change inherently brings dangerous trends.
One such term is the word relationships. Is not the word itself rather how we apply it. Now we have relationships with everything. One has a relationship with the dog, cat, car, a book, etc. in our constantly evolving world. We are told that if we ask right relationship with someone something or anything we have it made. Often the ones professing these "right relationship" provides no boundaries for these relationships or provide their own life experience boundaries. As dangerous as the self professing boundaries may be, a much greater danger can arise when discussing it our relationship with God. Having a relationship with God is not the problem. must possess an intimate and healthy relationship with God. The real peril begins when these pundits profess we only need a relationship with God.
People preach, write books, counsel others, etc. with the message that he just had the right relationship with God you're going to be all right. They advocate either no structure for your relationship with God our substitute their own structure. It is more of a feel good religion. Humans, in our sinful state, find this appealing. I say again, we must have a relationship with God, but it must be a proper relationship and we must obey God according to his Scriptures. Simply saying, (I have a relationship with God", without obeying his word will not be enough. God tells us if we love him, we will obey him. Disobedience includes praying, reading his Scriptures, baptism, avoiding sinful behavior, and worshipping God according to his design. God provides us his living Word, the Bible, to show us how to have a relationship with him. A relationship with God is not on our terms, rather on his. If someone is not using the Bible closely to show others a proper relationship with God, they and their audience are in error according to God. Without obedience we have no relationship with God.
a Diana resident and former New Diana ISD superintendent, is an occasional contributor to the Longview Journal Saturday Forum. These articles are his submissions.