Religions duty of care to the faithful
Faith is one of the most important things that we have in our lives.
We all have our own personnel views of our faith as we all have our own patron God or Goddess who gives us inspiration in our lives.
Religion has been one of the main strengths of society from the very first man.
It has the power to bring together different factions and levels of a society and in so doing can bring help when needed to those who would otherwise be failed.
This idea is far from new it is something that has been around ever since religion took its first form on this planet.
When we think of charity I would think the first place that comes to mind are the modern faiths who dominate the world today.
Yet this is in fact only the latest of religions who have taken this principle into their make up.
The main pre Christian faiths were in fact doing this in one form or another long before these faiths even emerged.
The Kemetic faith was one of these faiths who saw it as part of the religions role to look after those in need.
It was and still is percirned as an inner disposition towards our fellow human beings.
It is also seen as a means of propitiating the Gods when we go forth for the final judgement.
The Book of Going Forth by Day also tells us that giving bread to the hungry, water to the thirsty , clothes to the naked , and even the giving of a boat to one who does not have one.
These ancient teachings are as so many of the teachings of the Kemetic faith as relevant today as they were then.
Maybe even more so in a modern society that has seen the family support system disappear and the state fail those in need as the financial crisis has changed the face of state support for the worst.
When we look at the words of the Book of Going Forth we see the clear obligations that religion has to the people. To show the faithful who have the ability to do so to give to those in need.
That we have a duty not to turn away from those in need but to give help were ever we can.
Maybe we would not give a boat to someone today but if we take a long hard look at this it is telling us something as well.
If we see the boat as a metaphor for a way of creating a income so someone nolonger needs charity then we can see a clear meaning in this phrase.
If we have the means to help some one-gain work then we should offer this help.
You see when the Netjar tell us to offer help to those in need they do not only mean that we should offer food clothing shelter they are also telling us that we need to offer help that will enable these people to get out of the poverty they are in.
There are so many forms of help that we can offer and so many things that we all can do. What we do is very up to each person and their own personnel situation. Some of us can only give a little or give our time rather than money or good.
It does not matter what we give it is the fact that we have given and we have helped.
And so back to the title religions duty of care to the faithful this is our duty of care to offer the help needed but also to teach the faithful that this is a important part of our lives.
One last thing to remember and that is maybe one day we will need help. If we have done our duty to teach this principle to others and do all we can to see it is there for others. If we should ever need it we have the comforting knowledge that it will be there for us in our time of need.
Spiritual leader of the Kemetic Federation and Faith.