According to the latest Pew report, almost 1 in 5 Americans identify themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” In other words, they have some feeling, some intuition of something greater, but feel allergic to institutions. Yet as we approach Passover and Easter, it’s important to remember that it is institutions and not abstract feelings that tie a community together and lead to meaningful change.
You know what?
Organized religion can provide the structure that many need for their spiritual pursuits, but it’s not for everyone and can’t possibly fulfill the spiritual needs of everyone. Not to mention the tiny fact that it has also been the greatest source of human-inflicted death and suffering the world has ever known. For example do I really need to mention the Catholic institution and the countless lives it has destroyed? Whoops, I just did. I think organized religion has enough power, thank you.
To claim that non-religious or “spiritual” people have no moral compass or can have no impact in the world is more than a bit elitist. If someone wants to just be “spiritual” and they’re happy without churches and dogma, and their beliefs do no harm to others, why should that bother those entrenched in the institutions?