We live in a time when making a spectacle out of our belief in the Divine is the norm! All too often at the heart of our protestation about others and their way of living is our dislike for others! Sexual orientation, race, style of clothing, choice of music, religious affiliation are all fodder for our public outrage! What is one to make of such insanity on behalf of the Divine? As a result of violently clashing opinions some have come to reject any form of revealed truth from the past. Yet not having discovered an absolute truth in their own lives they have come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as truth and that everything is therefore relative. In doing so they are condemned to a diet of impoverished meaningless. Meanwhile the “faithful” sit on the sidelines, content the wicked are getting their due.
To some degree one can’t blame people who reject religious teachings since their followers are often the worst possible advertisement for the beliefs expressed by those teachings! We preach peace even while repeating rumors that harm another’s reputation. We espouse compassion while leaving the homeless to their misery. We speak eloquently of our love for the Divine even while denigrating those different from ourselves. We speak of love and gloat at another’s misfortune. Is it any wonder some people reject all teaching from the past?
Frankly I am not so much interested in what you believe! It is all too easy to memorize and recite theology! How you live and relate to me speaks eloquently of what is really in your heart, which is much more important to me than what is in your head! By the very dignity of our humanity we are called to be the hands and the lips of the Divine, conduits of mercy poured out upon others and upon our times. When we are not doing that then we are the cause for unbelief! How about if we who call ourselves “believers” take some responsibility for the non-belief afoot in the world and stop pointing our fingers?