For this week’s reflection, I am passing on a brief spiritual reflection that I read last week as the season of Lent began. I do not know the author except to note that he is an Episcopal priest serving somewhere in the USA. Let me know what you think.
Being Spiritual Is Not Enough
Daily Devotional • February 28 By the Rev. David Baumann
Often today one can find people who talk about being “spiritual but not religious.” What “being spiritual” means is hard to define, mostly because it can mean so many different things, and there are no specifics — which also means that there is nothing personal, intimate, or engaging. What most people probably mean is that they have a sense of an unseen reality behind what is material. They are definitely right, but without specifics it is unclear just what that means or what they want to do about it. A Satan worshiper can be “spiritual.” Those to whom today’s lesson was first addressed apparently were impressed with angels, but the writer urges them to remember that angels are merely “messengers.”
“Being spiritual” can be a very basic beginning to the Christian life, but it is no more than a first step that can also lead to many other spiritualities, some of which can be deceptive and dangerous. “Not being religious” usually means not having any commitment to any particular religion. And this means having only a vague sense of moral obligations, if any, and rarely any kind of other costly commitment such as in time, relationships, or money.
Christianity offers, promises, provides, and requires much more than that! So as our lesson for today says, “We must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.” As we begin Lent tomorrow, let us be sure that “we do see Jesus … now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” As the writer of the epistle says elsewhere, “Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.”