Easter Reflections: All Faiths are Created Equal
How can we peacefully co-exist in a world filled with different faiths and beliefs?
Living in a world which embodies a multitude of faiths and religions, I have always wondered about how non-Christians feel about the widely celebrated Christian holidays such as Easter and Christmas. Although I come from a Christian background, I've wondered what a person from a different faith feels like when they walk into the mall during Christmas time, with holiday music continually referring to the birth of Jesus Christ. I have often contemplated playing holiday music at work, conscious of the fact that I have coworkers who may feel uncomfortable with the constant reference to Christmas. Perhaps I should play “Baby it’s Cold Outside,” rather than "O Come All Ye Faithful," or "Silent Night?"
Are these religious holiday’s causing tension or making the world feel comfortable for those who have different beliefs? On the other hand, the non-religious symbols like the Easter Bunny or Santa Clause give off the positive message of "It is better to give than to receive." Despite its non-religious implications, the Easter Bunny and Santa Clause still tie into the Christian religious holidays. How does this make the non-Christian feel?
Prince Charles reflected an extraordinarily compassionate and empathetic message in his first ever Easter message on March 15, 2018. He mentions that “Biblical lands of Syria and modern Iraq were not always places of strife between people of different faiths,” where people coexisted alongside as neighbors and friends.” He also stated that “Senior Muftis who believe in the essential importance of the Christian faith to maintaining balance in the Middle East.” If people in the Middle East co-existed peacefully, then why is it so difficult for the rest of the world? Why is it so difficult to seek forgiveness and forgive our enemies? Tying into my last post with regards to love, empathy, and tolerance, does the lack thereof contribute conflicts within faith and religion as well?
Taking from Prince Charles's message, he refers to the 10 Commandments: "That we should love God and love our neighbors like ourselves." This implication answers my initial question. Is it solely about “love?” Opening out hearts seems unfathomable to some. However, we must realize that love is a two-way street; one must give to receive. I admire Prince Charles for his respect to all faiths and “the persecuted for remaining faithful to their beliefs.” As his message has inspired me, may the notion of "love," "compassion," and "acceptance" serve as a guide towards the coming year.
ABC News (2018, March 30). Prince Charles calls for end to religious persecution in 1st Easter message. Retrieved from http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/News/prince-charles-calls-end-religious-persecution-1st-easter/story?id=54120329