Spiritual Alliance

SPIRITUAL ALLIANCE: THE SLEEPING GIANT

Definition of sleeping giant: “one that has great but unrealized or newly emerging power”

Humanity is “The Sleeping Giant.” We cover the earth with unrealized yet newly emerging superpower that cannot be subdued. Millions of people are waking up to the fact that by uniting with “all humanity” we can have greater impact on the world around us.  By sheer numbers we can overpower evil with good and make the world a kinder place. All we have to do is realize that we are all the same in the most fundamental ways no matter which part of the ideological spectrum we are closest aligned with. This commonality starts with the need for survival. Once the basic needs are met, we have a deep desire for connection, to be loved and needed, being part of a family, a tribe, a community, and the world as a whole. These common needs are the superpower of the Sleeping Giant because they bind us into one big entity. When we focus on meeting the needs that we all have in common we find hope for a better world.

The Sleeping Giant has been lulled to sleep by division, because when we are focused on our differences it drastically changes our perception of who we are. We, the Sleeping Giant, have the perception that we are many little people who are alone and helpless, forced to allow unthinkable atrocities to happen in the world, because we feel no power to make it stop. We seem to be willing to divide over anything; religion, politics, race, nationality, gender, clothing style, music genre, etc. We allow the giant to be chopped into millions of separate pieces. In such a fragmented condition, the giant finds the gravity of the condition of the world is so overwhelming and stressful that we shrug our shoulders, hang our heads, give up, and settle down for a long winter’s nap. Our perception makes us accept that there is nothing else we can do but turn our backs on the real problems, pointing our fingers at our neighbor’s short-comings instead.

What do you think happens when the outward expression on the left column is not backed up by the heart-felt emotions of the right column?  Is it like a bank not having gold to back up their currency?  Could this be why so many people get hurt by so-called religious people and often lose their faith in religion as a whole? People looking at religion from the outside have to be able to see believers who walk the talk in order to fully trust and commit to the truths these believers offer.  Actions speak louder than words.

About 70% of Americans identify with the Christian faith. This number is down from 78% in 2007 due to the fact that about 1/3 of millennials have left what they call “man-made” religions to pursue something more authentic and meaningful.  They have greater insight into racism, sexism, and religious division than their parents did. This insight makes it difficult to feel completely comfortable in a church setting that is often based on out dated values of judgment and separation. They often encounter the “my team is better than yours” mentality instead of the “we are one” belief system.

DISCUSSION QUESTION:

What are some of the benefits you can imagine from creating a spiritual alliance with other faiths?

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