LOOKING THROUGH THE DOOR, NOT THE KEYHOLE

Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective

In his eulogy of Muhammed Ali, Rev. Jesse Jackson said, “He didn’t see us through a keyhole, but through a door.” Unfortunately, many of us – particularly people of faith – keep looking at others through keyholes.

Consider Rep. Rick W. Allen, a U.S. Congressman from Georgia. Recently he opened a Republican policy group’s meeting by reading Bible passages condemning homosexuality and those “who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.”

Then there’s Rev. George Harris, a Baptist minister and editor of the Christian Index. In an editorial, Rev. Harris condemned those supporting religious freedom for Muslims. It would allow them, he wrote, “the right to establish Islam as the state religion … even murdering those … who oppose their brutal religion.”

Men like Rep. Allen and Rev. Harris are often on their knees but not in prayer.

Here’s My Take: Whether Christian or Muslim, the faithful see others through open doors while the faithless peep through keyholes.

Here’s a scriptural message just for peepers: “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” (Matt. 7:1)

R.I.P Muhammed Ali, thou great and faithful servant.

 

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