A while back I had a conversation with a senior citizen; a white woman with Christian values and an avowed racist. I know this because in our conversation she said. “This country is not ready for a black president or a woman president for that matter.” My immediate response was, “Wow that sounds likes a racist comment”. She replied “So be it.”
She has expressed her religious beliefs with typical statements. “In stressful times we must all pray to Jesus” or “I am not afraid because I have accepted Jesus into my life and I am saved.”
This conversation came to an abrupt end when she admitted to being racist as I so no possibilities of helping this lady escape from her fantasy world.
And now we meet again. This time she starts with the common right wing phrase. “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” My quick retort was, “Then why do you need guns?” She had no reply. I then told her about the five year old who had just killed his two year old sister with his “first rifle” in Kentucky. Her response was “Well it is time for Jesus to come back, this world needs it’s savior now.”
Damn! Is there any hope for these people? And can we ever expect to make any progress with so many people like her living in a bubble?
If you receive comfort and or solace from your religion and your religious beliefs, go for it. I am in no way suggesting you give up your religion, I am however asking you to not be blinded by your faith to such a degree that you refuse to face reality and hide behind your religion whenever a crisis arrives.
- Which Religion is Best? The Admirable Superhero Criterion (santitafarella.wordpress.com)