No matter how dressed-up and decorated she gets, she is still a pig.
Miss Piggy might have fancy clothing, pearls, perfume, a handbag and salon-styled hair… but none of that changes the fact that she’s a pig.
Religion attempts to do the same thing as Miss Piggy.
It decorates, dresses-up and pretends to be something it isn’t.
Miss Piggy is silly.
And we’re silly too, when we get all dressed-up in our religious outfits, talk and attitudes.
Religion’s rules deal with the externals: wear this, don’t wear that / eat this, don’t eat that, go here, don’t go there…
But grace goes deep. It changes what’s on the inside of us.
Grace changes who we are – and that changes what we do.
“Don’t touch this! Don’t taste that! Don’t go near this!” Such things sound impressive if said in a deep enough voice. They even give the illusion of being pious and humble… but they’re just another way of showing off, making yourselves look important. (Colossians 2.20-23 MSG)
Religious posturing, parading and pretending is nothing to be proud of.
When we focus on the externals, we’re like Miss Piggy going to the salon for fake nails and hair.
Don’t be a pig in a wig.
Let grace change you – from the inside out.
Grace makes us new, a new creation, a new person.
Grace changes everything.