25 Things Religion Should and Shouldn’t Do

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Full Definition of RELIGION  (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/religion):

a :  the state of a religious <a nun in her 20th year of religion>
   b (1) :  the service and worship of God or the supernatural
      (2) :  commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance
:  a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
archaic :  scrupulous conformity: conscientiousness
:  a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith
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“Religion” gets a lot of bad press these days. Here is my view of what “religion” should and shouldn’t do:

1. Should bring you into community with others
Shouldn’t isolate you from others

2. Should help you find purpose in life
Shouldn’t be meaningless to your life

3. Should help create identity with others
Shouldn’t destroy others’ identity

4. Should strive for peace
Shouldn’t strive for war

5. Should be about service
Shouldn’t be about consumption

6. Should help you see the world with fresh eyes
Shouldn’t blind you to the world

7. Should open you to appreciate other people
Shouldn’t make you skeptical of other people

8. Should bring generations together
Shouldn’t drive generations apart

9. Should respect all people
Shouldn’t denigrate some people

10. Should help you bless others
Shouldn’t make you curse others

11. Should draw you to reconcile
Shouldn’t draw you to divisions

12. Should help you forgive
Shouldn’t perpetuate grudges

13. Should make you grateful
Shouldn’t make your entitled

14. Should make you generous
Shouldn’t make you greedy

15. Should help you ask questions
Shouldn’t give all the answers

16. Should apply to everyday life
Shouldn’t last just an hour

17. Should inspire joy
Shouldn’t inspire hate

18. Should bring comfort
Shouldn’t bring despair

19. Should be guided towards change
Shouldn’t be guided by what is trendy

20. Should admit when things go wrong
Shouldn’t pretend they always go right

21. Should protect children
Shouldn’t hurt children

22. Should care for the vulnerable
Shouldn’t neglect the vulnerable

23. Should call people into the future
Shouldn’t be all nostalgia of the past

24. Should free people to live
Shouldn’t focus solely on shoulds and shouldn’ts.

  1. Should focus you on God                                                                                                             Shouldn’t focus solely on you

 

Add your own insights to the list. Peace,

PGS

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About geoff sinibaldo

Follower of Jesus, Husband, Father, Son, Friend, Change Proponent, Goofball, Seeking Faithfulness in the 21st Century
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One Response to 25 Things Religion Should and Shouldn’t Do

  1. I’ll add one:
    Should be something you want to participate with.
    Shouldn’t be something that you do out of obligation.

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