The question we’ve been asked for the upcoming (Aug. 26) edition of RGJ’s (Reno Gazette Journal) Faith Forum is, “What role should religion play in the society?” What do you think? My response is below. Remember you can read the entire column that includes responses from different religious traditions in this Sunday’s paper.
Religion Should Have a Life-Giving Purpose
If religion is good, then it ought to have a unifying role in society by bringing together people and helping overcome divisiveness. If religion is creative, then it ought to have a liberating role, both spiritually and intellectually, always encourage the growth of civilization and culture. If religion is alive, then it ought to have a prophetic role within society, reminding peoples and nations of their dignity, as well as their responsibility toward other humans and to all creation. “Pure religion and undefiled before our God”, as the Lord’s brother says, will elevate and ennoble each person and all peoples, guiding us to recognize what is true, good and beautiful. When this happens, religion feeds the human spirit and fills each of our lives with meaning and purpose. So then, just as the soul gives life to the body, true religion can offer real life to the entire world.