Sunday, November 06, 2011

Why My Religion Permeates My Life

The other night, I was reading one of the quadrillion articles written about Mitt Romney and his run for the presidency. Of course his religion was the main topic. One of the comments left after the article said, and I paraphrase: "The problem with Mormons is that they have no boundary between religion and their lives. It permeates everything they are."

That's a problem?

What kind of religion would it be if it did not have a lasting impact on its members? What good would it do me to attend church for three hours every Sunday and then to go home and completely forget all about it the rest of the week? I might as well not attend at all, if I didn't let the things I learned on Sunday guide my choices throughout the rest of the week.

The fact is, I want my religion to permeate my life. I want to make decisions based on my knowledge of right and wrong. I've made this choice, not because I was coerced into it or because I'm too dumb to know better, but because I am happier, more fulfilled, more successful in the things I want to be successful in, when I live my life according to the principles I am taught on Sunday. And I believe this should be true of any religion. If you attend Mass, you should allow your Catholic faith to influence you throughout the week. If you attend synagogue, likewise, and down the list to include all religions. If church is something you leave in the parking lot as you drive away, it's no more than a way to kill a couple of hours.

My name is Tristi Pinkston, and I don't just attend the Mormon Church ... I am a Mormon.

12 comments:

Tapper said...

Amen and well said. Thanks for posting.

The British Homemaker said...

Totally with you there Tristi!
The times I've had someone say 'oh you let your faith get in the way'....it makes me chuckle, little do they realise that its 'because of my faith' i wont enter something harmful or i will do something out of my comfort zone b/c its right!
Debs

Chris said...

Amen :)

We can't just follow the Savior one day a week. It is a full time job, and while we may stumble along the path, he helps us dust off and start again.

Sarah Allen said...

So, so true. You are wise and brave.

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Janice said...

Great post.

Abby Fowers said...

Well said. And most good Christian's (no matter their faith) believe the same thing. It shouldn't just be a "sunday" thing.

Pam Williams said...

Thanks, Tristi. To have religion permeate your life means you have a spine that doesn't crumble with pressure, and your feet are firmly planted in acceptable ground. Nothing irritates me more than people, especially politicians, who sit on the fence and wait to see the way the wind is blowing before they decide which way they'll go. That would be the definition of spineless wimp. Give me a political leader who can make and keep commitments and who knows who he is; religious practice teaches people how to do that.

Suzanne Reese said...

Beautiful post!

Norma said...

I so agree with your comments. Thanks for posting this.

Daron D. Fraley said...

Amen, Sister Pinkston.

Nisa said...

Amen to that. Great post, Tristi!

Marcy said...

"Like"

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