We have all heard and discussed here…the idea that is summed up in the catchphrase, “It’s a relationship, not a religion”.
Well I was thinking about this some this AM and it occurred to me that there are different kinds of relationships and these can present in different ways and can sometimes be misunderstood.
For example, we have very different sorts of relationships with parents, schoolmates, co-workers, teachers, bosses, clergy, siblings, underlings, etc…
In each of these cases we have a “relationship” but the nature of these relationships will vary from the very familiar and informal to the very formal and structured.
It may be that the person who espouses the “relationship” argument looks at the more “structured” and formal sense of the mass and “canned” prayer etc and they do not see this as fitting in with their idea of what a “relationship” is.
So where we see the structure and certain “formalities” (ritual?) as enhancing our relationship with our Lord and King…they see it as interfering.
Just some thoughts…