I’m not sure where exactly my religious leanings currently lie. I have a rough idea, but it’s all pretty open-ended at this point. For the moment I guess I’ll just say that I have Christian tendencies. As I’ve said in the past, I think, this is pretty much solely based on my upbringing. Which I’m not saying is a bad thing, just a little limiting. I think my parents did an admirable job of raising an inquisitive mind, but the schools and church they placed me in also did an admirable job of slapping up blinders. Likely more to follow on this subject (expanding knowledge base / exploring world around me) if I ever get around to writing that resolution list (new February resolutions?)
I’ll limit the ruminations for today though.
I’m thinking of this as I’ve been assigned devotions for our weekly team meeting tomorrow morning. I work for a Christian organization, that openly expects its employees to actively profess certain beliefs and even checks you on those beliefs during the interview process. And I can play ball with this game. I can whip up a mean little devotion and speak reasonably articulately on Biblical passages and interpretations in grander contexts.
But it just feels a little strange sometimes. I don’t like the implied obligation to be “spiritual” at a certain time in a certain place. Really, I just don’t operate well with mores. Kind of the way I often feel about Christmas and birthdays. I don’t like the act of giving “because that’s what you’re supposed to do, right now.” It just seems like the act itself loses some of its thunder.
But then in the end I always just sigh and decide not to rock the boat. And it’s not the fear of conflict or whatever. In the end I just decide that I have better things to do with my time then respond to asinine questions from people that have already prejudged you from the moment that you deviate from the straight and narrow.
So, no, there will be no discussion-inciting readings from the Koran tomorrow morning. Just a pithy little number from 2 Corinthians.