An article in today’s New York Times reminded me just how much I could care less what one’s religion is or what sacred manuscript someone pledges allegiance to or what god happens to be the object of someone’s worship, adoration and prayer. No one should ever question someone’s religious affiliation or favorite holy book or interpretation of the source of all creation. If anything, with regard to faith at least, the interest should probably be more in knowing one’s theology, one’s philosophy of sharing life with others. Here’s perhaps my favorite one to live by. I especially like it because it is RADICAL and EXTREME (… which it shouldn’t be).
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Now, THAT is some heavy stuff.