When Religion Fails…

Yesterday was NOT the day to fly. When I arrived at LAX the security line was over half a mile long. No one was allowed to take any liquid or gels through security. Even bottled water purchased inside secure areas of the airport couldn’t be brought on board. My flight was 25 minutes late leaving Los Angeles and I only had a 26-minute layover in Las Vegas before connecting to Minneapolis.

Fortunately my flight from there was delayed as well because the security lines in Vegas were taking people an hour and a half to get through. So I made my connection with about 10 minutes to spare. Amazingly my bags did as well. I was pretty sure they wouldn’t make it, but they came spilling off the baggage conveyor to my absolute surprise. Sometimes the airlines really get it right…

This is my first time in the Minneapolis area, so I’m having a ball meeting a whole new group of folks at various stages of the journey. Many have been on my websites for months and have been reading some of my books, so this should be interesting.

A couple of things are weighing heavy on my heart these days. Recently I’ve heard from a couple of dear people who are abandoning God in their disillusionment over the failures of religion. I guess that’s why I hate the forms of religion so much. Some people will have served the forms for so long believing them to be God, that when religion finally fails them in a critical area (as it always does), they won’t be able to separate the reality of God from the falseness of religion. Tragic!

I’ve also heard from others who have worked religion pretty well on the outside, only to see them crash onto their own brokenness, with hidden addictions that finally ravage their life and devastate their family. While I’m always glad when such things come to light, I am always saddened by how much effort they put into working a system that only betrays them in the end. I hate that too! If we do not introduce people to the life that is in Jesus, they will only weather religion for so long, and then it will collapse on them. Hopefully they will see God beyond it.

That’s my prayer. I hope these moments are just the middle of chapter, where God has yet to complete what he has set out to do in them.

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  1. rob horton August 11, 2006 at 2:18 pm

    Wayne,

    Excellent thoughts on the inherent systemic limitations of religious forms and systems, your writings and audios continue to rock my world and continue to be of a major benefit to my process with God. At times I almost feel like you are overly generous with regards to these forms and systems, but this posting lays it out for what I believe it is. I love how you continue to point to Jesus, and that your communication is not so much anti something as it is pro Someone! Thanks again.

    Rob Horton

  2. george August 11, 2006 at 3:40 pm

    Wayne,
    I truly believe that the ones you speak of are EXACTLY where Father desires them to be at this time. He WILL see them through to the end of the process and welcome them home in the end of it all. Thanks for being a safe place for people to fall.

    Peace
    Geo

  3. rob horton August 11, 2006 at 5:18 pm

    Wayne,

    Excellent thoughts on the inherent systemic limitations of religious forms and systems, your writings and audios continue to rock my world and continue to be of a major benefit to my process with God. At times I almost feel like you are overly generous with regards to these forms and systems, but this posting lays it out for what I believe it is. I love how you continue to point to Jesus, and that your communication is not so much anti something as it is pro Someone! Thanks again.

    Rob Horton

  4. george August 11, 2006 at 6:40 pm

    Wayne,
    I truly believe that the ones you speak of are EXACTLY where Father desires them to be at this time. He WILL see them through to the end of the process and welcome them home in the end of it all. Thanks for being a safe place for people to fall.

    Peace
    Geo

  5. Trish August 13, 2006 at 3:41 pm

    Where exactly were/are you? At one point in our lives when Roger and I were heavily pursuing full time ministry we interviewed in Wilmer. About 2 hours West of the twin cities. They were lovely people and it was a very nice town full of lakes and fun stuff to do. But they were so broken and so religious that even then we knew we were not capable of such a task… I would have liked it there! Hope you are have a ball…

  6. Trish August 13, 2006 at 6:41 pm

    Where exactly were/are you? At one point in our lives when Roger and I were heavily pursuing full time ministry we interviewed in Wilmer. About 2 hours West of the twin cities. They were lovely people and it was a very nice town full of lakes and fun stuff to do. But they were so broken and so religious that even then we knew we were not capable of such a task… I would have liked it there! Hope you are have a ball…

  7. Jean August 13, 2006 at 7:05 pm

    Hi Wayne,
    I heard good reports from my friends who were able to come and meet you. I hope you get to have a tour of the beautiful city lakes before you go. Minneapolis is a remarkable place!

    Jean

  8. Wayne August 13, 2006 at 9:01 pm

    Unfortunately no time to sight see here. Sara doesn’t usually let me do that anyway… She likes me to wait until she comes sometime, because she knows I won’t usually go back and do something I did before with as much joy. I like new things, not redoing old things…

    This time I’m just soul-seeing with people, instead of sight-seeing the countryside…

    And I know I’m missing a lot of beautiful countryside… But this is Viking country after all and I’m a Packer fan!

    Wayne

  9. Jean August 13, 2006 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Wayne,
    I heard good reports from my friends who were able to come and meet you. I hope you get to have a tour of the beautiful city lakes before you go. Minneapolis is a remarkable place!

    Jean

  10. Wayne August 14, 2006 at 12:01 am

    Unfortunately no time to sight see here. Sara doesn’t usually let me do that anyway… She likes me to wait until she comes sometime, because she knows I won’t usually go back and do something I did before with as much joy. I like new things, not redoing old things…

    This time I’m just soul-seeing with people, instead of sight-seeing the countryside…

    And I know I’m missing a lot of beautiful countryside… But this is Viking country after all and I’m a Packer fan!

    Wayne

  11. Steve August 14, 2006 at 9:23 am

    It is my sincere belief that, at the end of the chapter, we will see God’s greatness, graciousness and glory is far greater than any of us imagined.

    I know you are a good listener Wayne. It’s good that you can be there for many of us when we need a compassionate and caring ear.

  12. Steve August 14, 2006 at 12:23 pm

    It is my sincere belief that, at the end of the chapter, we will see God’s greatness, graciousness and glory is far greater than any of us imagined.

    I know you are a good listener Wayne. It’s good that you can be there for many of us when we need a compassionate and caring ear.

  13. Peter August 16, 2006 at 8:41 am

    Wayne,

    You are of Danish ancestry and your not a Vikings fan! I’m surprised. 🙂 OK by me, though. It’s all just a bunch of names and team colors as far as I’m concerned. Sort of like denominations. 😉

    Actually I have no interest (total revulsion actually) in sports. Pretty unforgivable for an American male as I’ve come to find out. So you see, you attract all kinds of weirdos to your blog.

  14. Peter August 16, 2006 at 11:41 am

    Wayne,

    You are of Danish ancestry and your not a Vikings fan! I’m surprised. 🙂 OK by me, though. It’s all just a bunch of names and team colors as far as I’m concerned. Sort of like denominations. 😉

    Actually I have no interest (total revulsion actually) in sports. Pretty unforgivable for an American male as I’ve come to find out. So you see, you attract all kinds of weirdos to your blog.

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