“Bryant,” my Daddy always told me, “religion and whisky are a lot alike – too much of either one will get the best of you.” That was a co-worker’s advice when he heard I had decided to leave the business world for the ministry. I laughed and had to agree with him, for it’s true that religion and whiskey can get the best of you. Go overboard with either one and you can mess up your life and others, too.
Because the Pharisees were guilt-inducing, self-righteous, and very religious, Jesus said, “their converts became twice the sons of Hell that they were.” Jesus knew religion can get the best of anyone, what He came to offer was a relationship, a healthy relationship, with God. Christianity is not about being religious but about having a relationship with God that gives meaning to our life.
So, if religion or whisky is getting the best of you, you might try Jesus and enjoy a healthy relationship with God.