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Posted 23 March 2016 - 12:47 PM

By nature, all of life, desires life, desires goodness, desires peace. We can see through out this lesson that there is a common theme regardless of religious attachment; to respect life, to live in kindness, to prevent harm. It is good to remember as a minister of any faith, that regardless of the faith of the person standing in front of you, they are human same as us. Not only our responsibility but also their own responsibility. It is not another's place to take that away from them, to take away the lesson they need to become better and kinder and more, even as we work to take away their pain and ease their suffering.
One of the greatest aspects of interfaith, of studying, and participating others different approaches to views of religion, is that joy, peace, love, are the focus, and it is a beautiful thing to be part of.
I did take the suggested links to browse and got lost away in a plethora of great sermons and articles, all promoting goodness, kindness, peace. It is obviously a universal goal.
The given topic to question where drawing the line between separation of church and state has many variations of answers. For me, the line is drawn when a focused religion becomes the deciding factor regardless of the action's against humanity. Personally, I enjoy seeing a religious leader take political action publically. Not to instill their viewpoints and standards based on their own faith, but to promote universal vision we all hold to regardless of religion, to do the right thing. Prevent suffering, promote peace, and work to end violence and hate. They can be powerful examples to respect and emulate as peacemakers. Pope John Paul was a great leader who although he stood with his catholic standards, promoted peace and unity to all peoples of all faiths. The Dali Lama is a highly respected Tibetan Buddhist with the very same message. Both of these religious leaders have openly attended each others teachings to listen, learn ,and to support the messages of. Both are powerful influencers within all cultures and societies. We need this religious leadership to counter balance the loud voices encouraging our division and fueling our fears pushed upon us through media and closed societal thinking. It is through the political intervention of religious leadership that harmful actions are opposed from becoming legalities. It is with an interfaith balanced encouragement to end hate, to protect the defenseless, to prevent societies from building groundwork based on divisions instead of unities.
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