Syncretism is the blending of two or more religious belief systems into a new system, or the incorporation into a religious tradition of beliefs from unrelated traditions.
“Ah”, we say. “We would never do that!”
Oh, my friends we do this every time we bend the Word of God to suit ourselves.
The Bible says:
“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.” “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. (Malachi 3:8-10, NIV)
But we say: “Sorry, God, I don’t believe in tithing. I am poor. I don’t have enough for myself,
And thus, we syncretize the Word of God.
Or we read that God says:
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? (From Matthew 5:43-48, NIV)
And we say, “I will love those who I want to, I will determine by other means who to love and not to love. I am smarter than God.”
Forget the world-wide syncretism of religions and faiths. It starts locally right in our own home.
Prayer- Lord Jesus, to know you is to love you and obey you. Otherwise we are liars. The truth is not in us. Forgive us. Start us on the path of obedience. Amen (1 John 2:4, NIV)