Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective
In a recent conversation between President Obama and Marilynne Robinson, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Gilead, Mr. Obama asked the question “How do you reconcile the idea of faith being really important to you … with the fact that … it seems as if folks who take religion the most seriously sometimes are also those who are suspicious of those not like them?”
Translation: Why are religious people so judgmental?
Ms. Robinson responded by saying “Well, I don’t know how seriously they do take their Christianity, because if you take something seriously, you’re ready to encounter difficulty …. – ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself’ – which I think properly understood means your neighbor is as worthy of love as you are …. You’re supposed to run against the grain. It’s supposed to be difficult.”
Translation: People who judge others don’t take their faith seriously.
Here’s My Take: Faith is a radical challenge to the status quo. “What is the most loving thing to do?” should be the question behind all religious endeavors – whether asked in churches, mosques or synagogues or simply when trying to make the right turn in our own lives.
Translation: “Love-less religion” is merely a haven for our collective prejudices.