Thursdays With Oswald—A Religious Poser

This is a weekly series with things I’m reading and pondering from Oswald Chambers. You can read the original seed thought here, or type “Thursdays With Oswald” in the search box to read more entries.

A Religious Poser

     It is difficult to evade pose in religious life. … If you have the idea that your duty is to catch other people, it puts you on a superior platform at once and your whole attitude takes on the guise of a prig….

     The religious pose is based, not on a personal relationship to God, but on adherence to a creed. Immediately we mistake God for a creed, or Jesus Christ for a form of belief, we begin to patronize what we do not understand. When anyone is in pain the thing that hurts more than anything else is pose….

From Baffled To Fight Better

How do I avoid religious posing?

  • Develop a deeply intimate, highly personalized relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Allow everyone around me to have their own deeply intimate, highly personalized relationship with Jesus Christ.

I cannot fake it, nor can I ask someone to be just like me or believe just like me. I need to let God be as original with everyone else as He is with me.

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