If we look deeply into
ourselves we will observe that we are not really interested in
religion, and perhaps wisely so. Business, sports, entertainment,
politics and other outward aspects of life are the focus of our
attention in the modern world, and these are less controversial and
divisive than religion, which appears to be a hold over from the
dark and troubled Middle Ages. Given the nature of what we call
religion with its sin, guilt, fear, and even vengence, there appears
to be little reason why we should take much interest in it.
It appears as an
emotional negativity devoid of common courtesy, not to speak of
love, compassion and humanity. Not surprisingly, many people today
have a greater sense of loyalty to their football team than to their
church. Most people have a greater adulation for their favorite
movie star than for their religious leader, should they have one.
And if we are interested in religion it
is usually not the Universal Truth that concerns us. It is our
particular church or hierarchy, the religion of our fathers, our
nation or our people, promoting our belief, defending our religion
politically, militarily, and so on.
We do not spend our time
in meditation or even in prayer (except to ask God to do what we
want) but in criticizing what are, from the standpoint of our
particular religious bias, irreligious people. These may be
criminals, those of different life-styles, or simply the followers
of different religions, which groups we may lump together as one
homogenous mass of evil. Meanwhile we ourselves are narrow-minded,
judgmental, lacking in any real love, peace or wisdom, and yet may
regard that such attitudes are justified by God and his Word.