I’m guessing we are going to see some new political language in the next Presidential election cycle.
That’s because the group, “spirtual but not religious”, is growing. Opportunity is there for either party.
It seems to me one way of moving in this direction is the dropping of phrases like, “We are a Christian nation,” and “God bless you and God bless America.” What to add in their place is harder to figure out.
One thing that seems possible is adding, “We all share common values, lets think of doing things for the good of all.” JFK had that beautiful phrase, “Think not what your country can do for you, think what you can do for your country.” No one has quite matched that one.
Religious people often refer to the nonreligious as not having values or ideals. Nothing could be further from the truth. Every group has ideas and values, just different ones. Most every group has some self interest, Christians and others alike.
What I gleen from young people today, and I’m attributing it, rightly or wrongly, to the spiritual but not religious group, is an idealism about diversity. That is, to be idealist, to do something for the greater good, is to accept, even embraces, differences in people.
We need only look back at Obama’s election to remember the excitiement around electing the first black President. I think “spiritual but not religious” is in that excitement.
“Growth through diversity,” just popped into my head. I wonder if someone wants to pay me for that. : )