I don't know whether this is the best title for this post. All I really wanted to do was to quote this paragraph from this post:
"Say nothing of my religion," Jefferson once said. "It is known to myself and my God alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life; if that has been honest and dutiful to society, the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one."
This is exactly how I feel about myself and my religion, my own faith.I'm thinking about it because last night we held the Independence Gospel Extravaganza at Arawak Cay for the first time since the 30th Anniversary, and naturally that got me thinking about God, faith, and so on. I do not worship as many of us do. My faith is not worn on the outside. I have never much liked the uniform. I hope that my faith in God guides my life from within.When I was nineteen, I prayed for integrity. One thing I've discovered -- one shouldn't pray things lightly. I also prayed once for patience, and was rewarded with a position in the government of The Bahamas! Integrity is something else again, and it comes with all kinds of burdens and responsibilities. I don't know about the rewards. I'm not all that interested in the car and the house and the clothes that some people's faiths seem to come equipped with.Last night I was moved by the music and by the singing of almost all of the performers. We were exhorted to get up and dance in the spirit. I felt the same way I felt when I hear all good music; I find the Holy Ghost in the human creative spirit. This is holy.But really? I feel as Thomas Jefferson did. Not that I would read my Bible the way he did. But I return to his comment about his own belief, and say it again:
"Say nothing of my religion ... It is known to myself and my God alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life; if that has been honest and dutiful to society, the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one."