I'm reading a book - Go + Do - which has so far (I'm on page 70) been an interesting read. I just came across a part in the book where the author is talking about an experience of his from a visit to Bangladesh where he realized, in the middle of a conversation with Muslim Bengalis, that he and his companions may be the only Americans or Christians those he's talking with may ever meet, and he speaks of the great responsibility he realized, being the sole representative of their country and faith.
This made me stop to think... What if we were the only example or representative (he also uses the word "ambassador") one might be exposed to? Would our behavior reflect our religions in a way that recognizes the responsibility we hold, as representatives, regardless of whether we believe we are the only ones? Does the idea that we are only one of many somehow cause that responsibility to be taken less seriously when representing our faiths or beliefs? Shouldn't we *want* to represent ourselves, our faiths, etc, as well as we can, in every situation? Or are there ways to determine when it really "counts" and when it doesn't?
It kind of makes me think of that quote... "You may be the only Bible some people will ever read"
Do you take the time to consider how you're representing your religion, when engaging with others? Is it something that your religion/church teaches *should* be considered? Or is it something of little importance individually and/or as a collective group of followers (for lack of a better term)?
Answer by Nimue930 at 7:51 PM on Apr. 30, 2012
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Answer by Nimue930 at 8:08 PM on Apr. 30, 2012
Yes. I'm not religious, but I think it's important to not hide that fact even though I live in a community where the majority of people claim a strong attachment to their churches. Because atheism has such a bad reputation, I've been reluctant to share the fact that I count myself in that group, but then I realized that it's because I'm atheist and because atheists are perceived in such a negative way that I shouldn't hide that part of myself. I'm a good, caring, hard-working person who loves others, cares for the earth, and strives to set a good example for my children. The other atheists I know are also very wonderful people who do such great things for our community. I don't feel any shame for not believing in any gods, and I know that it doesn't take a belief in a god or in gods to be a good person, so I do feel a responsibility to be more open about myself.
Answer by jsbenkert at 10:25 PM on Apr. 30, 2012
You are always your own ambassador no matter what you do.
Answer by Farrahann at 7:47 PM on Apr. 30, 2012
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