Quote of the day
Quote of the day

Morning meditation - Actions speak louder than words

Jesus said that it is not what a person puts into his mouth that defiles him but what comes out of his mouth. The cliche says that "actions speak louder than words". A more modern cynical observation says "If you want to know what is really going on, follow the money."

The seventh of ten tenants of Unitarian Universalist belief is "We believe in the ethical application of religion. Good works are the natural product of a good faith, the evidence of an inner grace that finds completion in social and community involvement."

Jesus said, "By their fruit you will know them" when he was asked how people could distinguish between true and false prophets. I have learned in my life that it is not people's attitudes the count as much as their behavior. People can have all kinds of whacky beliefs such as prejudice, hatred, delusional superstitions, and yet they can treat people fairly, justly, kindly, and helpfully. Religion often times is not helpful to people acting right. Religion often is bigoted, exclusionary, hateful, and arrogantly righteous leading to abuses of power. The oppression and subjugation of one class of people by another class of people is not something that God Wants. We are all God's children. God loves us all, and we deserve to be here and should be treated ethically with dignity and respect, compassion and kindness, justice and love. It will be a grand day on planet earth if we were to experience an ethical application of religion. In this regard many professions and civic organizations have much to offer religions as models of ethical conduct.


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