Religion: uniting or dividing?

What are we doing with our religion?
Are we making it an instrument of unity or an instrument of division?
If we all practiced our religion, what a wonderful world we would have!
But sadly enough, most of us don’t;
Instead of making it an instrument of unity,
We make it an instrument of division;
We profess one thing but practice another;
We say a lot and do little of what we say.

If your religion is like mine, it is a good religion;
It talks love, and asks us to love one another;
But how many others do we love?
If your religion is like mine, it is a good religion;
It preaches peace; and acclaims the virtues of peace;
But how much peace do we promote?

Yes, your religion is good for the world;
Yes, my religion is good for the world;
Yes, our religions are good for the world;
They preach truth and justice;
But how truthful are we? and how just is our world?
We hold strongly to our religious beliefs;
And for them we can die; Excellent!
But what do we do to make them work?
We have to make them work;
To do the good they are meant to do.

Let’s not look at others; let’s look at ourselves;
Let’s not ask what others are doing;
Let’s ask what we are doing;
What are we doing to make our religion deliver for the world?
What are we doing to make our religion an instrument of unity and not division?
What are we doing to make our religion a generator of love not hate?

#poem, #religion