AND IT DOESN'T MENTION GANDHI, EITHER
The other day, the leader of Libya, Col. Gaddafi (why has he never risen above the rank of colonel?), suggested the Bible was forged because it didn't mention the Prophet Muhammad. Now Christian leaders in Uganda are suggesting he be forgiven for such anachronistic stupidity. Ah, if only everyone were so charitable.
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THE WORLD BARGES IN
This past Good Friday evening, I was sitting with my wife and some friends in the sanctuary of Community Christian Church of Kansas City, which is near Main and 47th (or Cleaver II Boulevard) streets on the east edge of the Country Club Plaza shopping district. (The photo here shows the front of the sanctuary there.)
We were about to hear a presentation of Franz Joseph Haydn's "The Seven Last Words of Christ," an event at which I have been a speaker in the past.
There was a low murmur from the crowd as we waited for the music and meditations to begin. But over that sound I suddenly became aware of loud muffler noise from a large truck moving down the Main Street hill outside.
And I was struck again by the sometimes-difficult truth that religion that focuses so completely on interior things, on personal needs, on inward spirituality and has nothing to say to the truck drivers going by is, in the end, pretty useless.
Twice later in the midst of this lovely event I heard sirens outside -- police, perhaps, or an ambulance or fire truck, screaming toward some emergency somewhere that had put someone or someones in jeopardy.
And I wondered what words Christ would say to whoever was in trouble. More, I wondered what he would do for them. Even more, I wondered what all of us sitting comfortably in the sanctuary listening to stirring music and challenging words would say or do for them. And isn't that, finally, one of the most important questions of religion?
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Today's religious holiday: Annunciation of the Virgin Mary (Christianity)