“THE World Religion…and Football”
I like that.
“BUDDHA was not a BUDDHIST. JESUS was not a CHRISTIAN. MUHAMMAD was not a MUSLIM. THEY were TEACHERS who taught LOVE. LOVE was their RELIGION.”
Now, I realize that some folks will be offended to have Jesus lumped in with other world religious leaders and simply referred to as a teacher. The Easter event did set him apart as being out (of the tomb) of the ordinary. However, whoever made the observation made a good one. LOVE was the common prize in all three Cracker Jack boxes. Love was the light at the end of their tunnels. Love was their “bottom line.”
Honestly, I haven’t studied Buddha or Muhammad (by the way, spell-check has three acceptable spellings for “M___”), but even if they didn’t claim to be God, I’m sure they meant well . They were just trying, along with Jesus and John Lennon, to get people to understand that “All We Need is Love.”
Jesus tried to reboot the system of his hyper-religious forbearers who had gotten tangled up in six hundred and thirteen Old Testament laws and centuries of religio-politics. We do that too, don’t we? I mean, get tangled in what version of the Bible is best, and how much of the church budget should go to missions, and what kind of music to play in worship. Jesus said, “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. …By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John—not to be confused with Lennon—13:34-ish)
A frustrated football coach walks into the locker room after yet another dismal performance, stands before his players and says, “Boys, I think it’s time we got back to the basics.” At this point, he holds up a brown leather oblong air-filled object with white stripes and seams. “This,” he says, “is a football.” At which point, a big lineman, half-listening in the back of the room, raises his hand and says, “Hey, Coach, could you go a little slower?”
What’s your religion? I’m thinking, “LOVE” would be a really good answer about now.