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Meditation 1278
Re-Imagining Religion: judging character

by: Gordon Barthel

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in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, ‘I have a dream . . . *

I dream of a religion that judges people by the content of their character, not a religion that judges people by the colour of their skin, nor a religion that judges people by the prestige of their occupation, neither a religion that judges people by the size of their bank account, nor a religion that judges people by their political connections, not even a religion that judges people by their allegiance to this creed or that creed.

rather I dream of a religion that judges people by the content of their character, a religion that judges people by their willingness to help humanity’s most vulnerable citizens, the orphans, addicts and impoverished, a religion that judges people by their deference toward humanity, by the esteem they afford the downtrodden and the working poor, a religion that judges people by the civility they extend to the people serving them, the kindness they give maids, cashiers and waiters, a religion that judges people by their dedication to the greater good, whether they are decreasing human suffering, fulfilling people’s basic needs, increasing human contentment or preserving life on this beautiful blue planet.

I dream of a religion that judges people by the content of their character, a religion that judges people by their dedication to the well-being of their family, friends, neighbours, colleagues and compatriots great and small.

* I must say I am entirely uncertain Dr. King would whole-heartedly (or even half-heartedly) approve of me hijacking his words to legitimize my views on what religion should be, ought to be, could be or might be;

 

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