A Haiku - Religiosity

Gathering places have value, but I am reminded of the accusation that "standing in a church and thinking that makes you a Christian, is about like standing in a garage and thinking that makes you a car."
Gathering places have value, but I am reminded of the accusation that "standing in a church and thinking that makes you a Christian, is about like standing in a garage and thinking that makes you a car." | Source
Many places, even open spaces, afford wonderful opportunities for reflection and prayer, meditation and devotionals.
Many places, even open spaces, afford wonderful opportunities for reflection and prayer, meditation and devotionals. | Source
There are countless ways to serve others and by doing so to practice one's faith and belief by worthy acts.
There are countless ways to serve others and by doing so to practice one's faith and belief by worthy acts. | Source

As with most aspects of life, individuals have individual reasons for doing what they do.

Religion is such a category, and I often think (along with an expression from the Talmud) that "The test of a man's life is not his theology, but his life."

There seem to be almost as many religions in actual practice as there are individuals practicing them, raising the question of what it means to say "He is a practicing Catholic" or "She practices her Moslem faith."

Somehow I get the suspicious feeling that, while "practice makes perfect," there are also almost as many definitions of what it means to say anyone is "practicing" their religion. (How an atheist would practice their non-religion is an even more elusive concept.)

I tend to steer away from "practicing" doctors.

All of which brings me to the subject of this Haiku, religiosity. This is what I came up with:


Humbly now, some stern.

See them come, devoutly, some

To see, be seen, proud.


Worshipping loudly,

Silently toasting themselves.

Mastering nothing.


Just as the widow put in her mite and gave more than them all, so also I think the silent doer, "churched" or not, puts more into practice than all the others merely attending the services conducted for their attendance.

"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." (James 1:22)

The General Epistle of James is short but pithy. It can be read in a matter of a few minutes. For some Christians it is useful as a daily guide and reminder to avoid religiosity and to "walk the walk."

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© 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

NOTE: If you enjoy reading an occasional Haiku, I have added over 100 to HubPages, as well as other poems and limericks you might find to be thoughtful, entertaining, and sometimes humorous. Perspycacious

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janshares 2 years ago from Washington, DC

Excellent read, perspycacious. The haiku is complete, the entire hub is well-written with a clear message. I like it very much. Voted up, useful, and awesome.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

A wonderful hub; loved it and have to vote up.

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

It is how you live your life that is important, regardless of your chosen faith or lack of it. Great haiku to sum it all up dramatically!


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

I particularly like the second one--we must all find our way to truth and service--perhaps quietly so--


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phdast7 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

An important message and very nice Haiku. It is so true, how we live and what we do for others, is so much more important than what we want others to think we believe.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

I am thrilled to be volunteering with the Senior Companion Program and Encompass Home Care and Hospice, along with tens of thousands of other volunteers in similar roles. We get back far more than we give, but what we give is priceless to the caregivers for whom we provide respite, and the "clients" to whom we give companionship often given under difficult circumstances we are privileged to share with them. The walk is easier than you at first might imagine. The reward is greater than you can dream. It is not uncommon for some to have been volunteering in such ways for more than 10 years, and there has to be a very real reason for doing so. Check it out for yourself. Thanks for commenting on this call to service. Perhaps Navy submariners are not the only members of "the silent service."


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up. We believe what we believe but we must never force our belief on other. Lending a helping hand to those in need is the most important thing of all. Hope you and your family are having a great start to the New Year.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Gypsy Rose Lee: Having a fine statrt to 2014, even though one of my sons just defeated me in a game of cribbage. : - (

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