What is religion and how does it affect the Christian? The world sees religion as a set of rules used to govern a body. Many times Christianity is seen as no different than other religions, at least in the eyes of society. Merriam-Webster says that religion is the service and worship of God or the supernatural and commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance. James 1:27 says that this is what true religion is: “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”
Religion is more than anything the world can understand for the Christian. It is a way of life. If you are caring for the lowly, those who are orphaned, and those who have lost their spouse, you are living out your religion. The word religion may seem like a rules based system to the world, but to the Christian it means a lifestyle. Religion is a life with God. Decisions based on who God is and how He loves. Words spoken because of the work God has done in the sinner’s life.
Religion becomes real for you when you are serving God in such a way that He is your life. Your words and actions are based on your love for Him.