Living The Pious Life...

So it’s Christmas, it’s that time of year where everyone is happy to get gifts and the goal is to spread joy and cheer to our families and our neighbors.  If there is anytime to show that you are a Christian and to live by those values, the month of December, more than any other should be show and prove time.  I’m sure everyone jumped up early in the morning, kids and adults like to see if they got exactly what they wanted and to see if that one prize gift that they hoped would be waiting for them would indeed be sitting under the tree.  Personally I hope everyone got exactly that, and that all their hopes and dreams came true when it came to there Christmas wishes. 

I would have to say I’ve had a good Christmas, I got a promotion at work two days before Christmas, and I got many of the practical things that I wanted or needed and hadn't gone out to purchase for myself and I’ve had a nice and relaxing time.  But there is one thing for Christmas I wanted that family and friends alone can’t give me.  That one thing that I want is for everyone to get a grip.  Yeah I said it, I want people to get a grip. 

Make no mistake, I’m grateful for all that has happened to me, all that I’ve received and all the people that are in my life, even those from afar.  But what would be important to me would be for everyone to live the life they profess that they have religiously.  For so called Christians to live a Christian life by action and not just proclamation.  For muslim, buddhist, hindu, so on and so forth to live by the true core tenements of all the respective religions which preach love, tolerance, acceptance, and the willingness to help they neighbor and love their enemies just the same. 

 Jesus walked the streets and gave to the poor, some of you walk the streets and ignore the poor.  But you claim to be holy...

Jesus walked the streets and gave to the poor, some of you walk the streets and ignore the poor.  But you claim to be holy...

I may not be some great theologian but I do know that these religions preach these things.  I may not be an expert but I do know and see that everyday I witness so called holy or sanctified folks acting in the most unholy and unclean ways.  And yes, my indictment is aimed at folks from all different religions, not just one. 

So please don't think I’m picking on one group of people or one religion as I know that your respective saviors would be disgusted with the way all of you act and commit ignorant crimes and transgressions against one another in their name.  I know enough about religion to know that they preach love most of all, and I see enough to know that none of you show love toward one another.  Let’s not even focus on intra faith love, how about how fellow Christians treat one another. 

You can go to church Sunday morning but look down upon a poor person or curse your neighbor Sunday afternoon.  I don't think that’s what Jesus died for, at least that’s whats preached during Sunday sermons.  And the same goes for Muslim brother and sisters, I’ve witnessed you all treat one another with as much disrespect as Christians do one another. 

Is that what Muhammad meant for you?  I’m pretty sure he didn’t want that for youeither.  We have these brewing battles all over the world with religion used as the weapon or call to action and yet none of us live by the core teachings of our respective religions (Yes that’s a generalization as I know some folks do live the pious life). 

 I ask this question and post it nearly every day on twitter.  I can tell you, alot of what I see isn't love.  Start showing more love.

I ask this question and post it nearly every day on twitter.  I can tell you, alot of what I see isn't love.  Start showing more love.

We need to get a grip, religious and non religious folks alike.  If you aren't living the life on a daily basis then what does going to Church on Sunday or going to the Mosque even mean?  It’s simply an empty ritual that we have in our lives that holds no value if we can’t implement what we learn during worship. 

I’m not perfect, nor do I claim to be.  But I also don’t walk around claiming to be some pious, sanctified being while treating my neighbor as if they’re lower than I am.  I don't go to war or battle with another based on their difference in religious beliefs and I also recognize that demonizing one group of people or one religion isn't the way to paradise.  So yeah, I had a pretty good Christmas as I hope you did too.  But before you sing your holiday hymnals and go to worship, ask yourself what the greatest gift you could give to yourself, anyone else, and your god, whatever their name may be.