I teach religious education or RE. It is a much misunderstood subject, and it was interesting today when I had a student inform me that her father believed the entire course was a waste of time.
I find it interesting, as did CS Lewis decades ago, that Western secular, materialist society believes their values and beliefs are somehow superior to the billions of people of faith on the planet.
This reflection comes on the heels of an article I read yesterday which noted that only a small percentage of Millennials have a religious faith. Put simply they don’t trust institutions, value a concern for others (as opposed to their own needs and priorities), and see hypocrisy “everywhere.”
Let us then avoid institutionalizing of faith, let us be true to our own altruism, and most importantly – let us be true to our message.