I recently read a NYT opinion piece that posed the question, "What religion would Jesus belong to?" The article was inspired by the thoughts presented in a new book "The Great Spiritual Migration,” where Brian D. McLaren suggests that, “Our religions often stand for the very opposite of what their founders stood for.”
The article made me hopeful, as it discussed a returning to the teachings that matter and a migration away from religious bureaucracy.
“What would it mean for Christians to rediscover their faith not as a problematic system of beliefs but as a just and generous way of life, rooted in contemplation and expressed in compassion?” McLaren asks in “The Great Spiritual Migration.” “Could Christians migrate from defining their faith as a system of beliefs to expressing it as a loving way of life?”
As I finished the article I kept thinking 'what if'—what if our impulse for a spiritual connection inspired us to love? And it was nothing more and nothing less.