Thursday, February 05, 2009

Faith should not divide us.


Today I read in the Washington Post, some of President Obama's thoughts during the National Prayer Breakfast. They were reassuring words and words that i believe we all need to hear. Part of what he said was religion has been used "as a tool to divide us from one another".

It is a shame isn't it? The thing that should bring people together, the one thing that we have that should transcend all else is so often simply used as another way to divide us. Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, etc. seem to spend a lot of time talking about and fighting about those things that make us different from each other instead of the things that should be uniting us.

Faith is something that is supposed to help us rise above and be better than we can possibly be alone, yet it so often is something that drags us down and makes us less than we ever should be. Why is that? Is it because of faith or is it because of us?

I think the answer is obvious enough. We often get in the way of our own success and evolution as people. We sabotage our own lives in many ways. We try to mold and shape our faith and our beliefs and make the world conform to them and more importantly to us. Obama's words are a reminder to us all that this is not what faith is all about.

Our belief in something greater than ourselves and our belief that life is worth living and our faith in the worth of all people and creation itself should be the one thing that brings us together as we continue to strive to be who God has created us to be.

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