Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective
I have long envisioned expanding the Bible to include contemporary statements proclaiming God’s inclusive love. I would call this The Living Bible: Part II.
Here would be Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, “Four score and seven years ago …”; Martin Luther King’s words, “I have a dream that one day …”; and Nelson Mandela’s courtroom defense, “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony ….”
Also, there would be the recent speech by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu following the city’s decision to remove four Confederate monuments: “These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, and the terror that it actually stood for.”
I would then put religion back into the public schools by making The Living Bible: Part II required reading.
Here’s My Take: Like the prophet Jeremiah before them, Lincoln, King, Mandela and Landrieu bear witness to the hope of being “a people.” They all looked at the denials of human dignity – false idols, the Confederacy, Apartheid, Jim Crow laws, etc. – and with courage refused to participate in these cults of the lost cause.