The title of today’s reading isn’t a call to abandon your religious faith. The title is actually the first three words of a Religious Recovery slogan that encourages us to leave your religion at the door. The goal of the program is to set aside religious differences for about an hour, and to accept anyone and everyone as if we were all void of religion.
Religion is such a volatile subject that often simply the mention of someone’s faith, church, denomination, or spiritual leader will cause reactions — good or bad. Seldom does religious faith produce a neutral response unless we are surrounded by people who believe what we believe.
The slogan is especially tied into Stone Two which invites us to be open to knowledge and insights from a variety of sources — religious, spiritual, or neither. Our goal is not to make converts from one faith to another. And, always remember when the meeting is over, our religions will still be waiting for us “at the door.” We can pick it up and cloak ourselves inside its security. But, if there comes a time when it no longer feels comfortable, we may modify it, or abandon it, or keep it awhile longer. The choice will always be ours.
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