On Sunday my brother was baptised and he and Kess were made official members of their Church. Now, I am not Christian (actually I'm Pagan) but I once was so know how it all works. And I haven't been in a Church for a long while (mostly because I don't want to - it's not really relevant to me after all). To be fair, I'm not a big fan of the Christian religion - to me it seems that a lot of Christians are only really Christian in Church. Not to mention the wars and prejudice and the constant attempt to convert me (even after I was converted!)
But on Sunday I realised something. I may not believe in religion, but I do believe in faith. I believe in people when they are filled with faith. And I realised that I am not that different from many of the Christians in that particular Church. The Minister spoke about how their faith led them to purpose and the ability to trust themselves to another and how they are never alone. As he spoke I knew that that is how my faith makes me feel. I don't believe the same things as them, but I believe our faith unites us.
I would consider myself a very open-minded and accepting person (I mean, not many non-Christians would get up and give a testimony starting with "I am not a Christian" in front the Church) (because that is what I did of course) (or no one I know, unless they just don't tell people they do on their weekends). Okay, deep breath, sorry about all the parentheticals. So yeah, I believe that everyone has the right to believe what they want and to live how they want, as long as it is not harming anyone else. But as I look around me all I see is prejudice and hate and I know that that is not what religion and faith should be for. We should all be united in the knowledge that we all have a faith, not be bickering over which faith is 'right'.
What about you? Do you believe so strongly in your faith that you want everyone else to follow your beliefs? Or do you let the idea of faith keep you peaceful and hope for a better world?