Wednesday, April 6, 2011

On Faith and Religion

As we step away from the consumer trough we are left beyond the filters through which we, along with our individual and collective consent, are managed.

We live in a time that is as all times are for those who are called with a convicting voice from within; a time when we must recognize the growth that has taken place since humanity was upon the distant horizon; and a voice that tells us that there is a common bond, there is a moral standard, there is a consensus of compassion, and all are one.

These ‘utopian’ principles are at the core of every faith – that is every true faith – non-objectified faith – faith from which religion is born.

When we allow ourselves trapped within the battle of 'religion', we immediately lose faith - and that is the art of politics and religion - to separate and divide, thus allowing the hold of avarice, greed, and pride to take us at the very core, as we flail upon the surface, gasping for small breaths of humanity. All the while our true purpose in life is drawn ever so slowly from our individual and collective soul, and we find ourselves following men, rather than faith.

This is not to say that we should not have faith, that we should not have religion; for our faith and our religion many times represent the very best of all that we are, and are so often the last shred of hope to which so many hold in such desperate times as these.

Rather, we should have faith that is the impetus of hope and that is seen for the false shell of religion upon its request for us to be less than we would otherwise be, when it asks of us to hate and to divide and to war and to profit. We must look to the common ground on which all true faith and religion are based and look away from the manmade structure, the empty monolithic oligarchical behemoth that it becomes when it is subjected to the prideful idolatry of mankind.

We must have faith as reflected through a child's eyes, and if we are called to ‘religion’, we must hold that religion accountable to maintain a religious vision that that is rooted far beneath the surface in our heart of hearts.

Our belief must be so strong that it convicts us and demands our voices ring out; it must be so true that it stands against all odds and demands that the power of the politic and the power of the religion are brought to their knees to serve their purpose, which is to serve the greater good.

Our faith must be so strong that accountability is a byword and that those who rise above, those who lead, perceive and project themselves with a servant’s humility.

Our faith must stand in the face of laughter as it is perceived as weakness, all the while gathering the strength by which it is born and with which it is ever present in each and every one. And it is the strength of our belief and faith that will become manifest in actions that will serve the cause to which we are called.

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