I recently saw an ad for a brand of clothing geared toward youth. It
consists of blue jeans and all the accessories designed to go with them. There
is nothing novel about that. What got my attention, however, was the name of
this clothing line. It is called "True Religion". That caused me to stop and
think. Why was that name chosen? Am I missing some deeper significance? What is their connection between a brand of jeans and true religion? What do they mean by it?
My musings left me with questions for which I had no answer. I am
thankful that the book of James is clear when describing true religion or true
faith: Read James 1:27. That is refreshing.
"True Religion" is genuine faith, is an expression of how we relate to our God. One evidence of our new identity in Christ is the way we care for one another, reaching to the most frail and vulnerable among us, to those most in need of help. True religion is not a garment to be taken on or off. It is a lofty challenge about how we live before a Holy God and others. You don't advertise your religion by wearing a label, you do it by living a life.