Religion is an easy thing in America. We have the freedom to pursue and worship whoever or whatever we wish to or even to not worship anything at all. Being religious is very easy and there are many people who are very religious about their chosen religion, some even to the point of being fanatical about it. So what is it about this trend in America? Mainly it is because for the past fifty or sixty years, we have been searchers and seekers. Not so much as seeking out God and His ways, but seeking that which suits us the best in a church or religion.
That is not such a bad thing because many times in this searching, people will be called to faith in God and give their hearts to Jesus. Although, some may not listen intently to the messages that are presented to them and they want to pick and choose whatever they want to believe. This is a dangerous way of doing things and for an illustration of this I propose this:
A man was building a platform from pipes and boards so that he could have some people singing and just presenting music for those who wanted to hear it. He went through the hardware store and picked out the most shiny pipes and bolts and nuts that he could find because they would look good in the lights. He didn't pay any attention to the sizes that he chose, just that they looked nice and shiny. When he got home to put it together he found that he couldn't get anything to work very well together because even though they were pretty and shiny, their sizes didn't match well. A few were the same size and would go together, but the next one in line would not. What went wrong?
Well, he had some that were quarter inch and some that were a half inch in size, these were mixed and matched and he even had some bolts and nuts that were in the same shape, being different sizes so that few would work together. It doesn't work in construction and it works even less efficiently with religious beliefs.
Picking and choosing one or two verses from the Bible to believe and then discarding much of the rest of it doesn't work, just as choosing parts because they look good rather than because they fit together doesn't work. Except, that is what many people seem to be doing today. Why are people trying to “make their own god” as some claim? Mainly because they don't like the message that they have heard from the Bible or they don't want to be told that their lifestyle is wrong or sinful.
God Himself is Holy and He won't allow an unclean sinner into Heaven unless they have repented (turned away from) of their sins and the lifestyle that went with them AND they have asked Jesus into their life and their heart, allowing the Holy Spirit to change them spiritually so that they can be a true Christian. Christianity is not based on going to church at certain times or participating in rituals once every month or every six months. You can go to church for a century, every time the church has services, and if you haven't accepted the call of Jesus in your heart and life then you haven't changed much. You may know the Scriptures and have read the Bible through and taught a class or two in that time, but if you haven't given your life to Jesus then you aren't saved!