Selflessness v. Corporate Attitude: The role of religion in larger society should be, that if you set up a church, mosque, synagogue, etc. then you must also be responsible for the upkeep and needs of the surrounding community in which you occupy—better yet, you shall be responsible and accountable for a community outside of your particular agency, social circles, economic periphery, and belief system.
In an ideal circumstance, the role of religion in society would be fluid, ever-changing, and dynamic for all people: especially for people not of that particular practice. In my opinion, religion, in general, should spend less time talking about the goodness of the Creator and more time acting out that goodness, to their neighbor. We know the Creator is the business. I pray that they begin asking themselves, what are we doing?
Religion should operate like non-profits (better yet, not-for-profit) were they spend time (and their resources, not taxing you for yours) helping to strengthen communities: not strengthening the church, mosque, synagogue, etc. Religion should be aiming to maintain a selfless nature. Selflessness should be the new standard for faith, that we should all be looking for. Shooooot, if its true they aren’t paying taxes, they need to be breaking bread for real!
Brian “BB” Melendez, is a Northern / Southern Paiute – Western Shoshone: Community Leader; American Indian Spirituality Scholar; and Practitioner of Great Basin Indigenous Custom(s) and Culture(s); CEO / Problem Solver of Lucentree, LLC; Creator of Mahkwuhoo (Guided-Meditation); and Host of the Coffee with an Indian, Tribal Podcast.