We sat through three hours of cultural diversity today. The panel consisted of one African-American female Methodist, one Male Methodist, one Presbyterian (Evangelical), a Mormon Elder, one Catholic priest, one Jewish Rabbi and a Muslim Iman. It discussed various topics related to end of life care. Good knowledge to have as a hospice nurse and educator.
The sad fact became evident when the Iman stated that for the purpose of modesty, he felt it appropriate that men care for men and women for women. The Rabbi agreed that this would be ideal. After all, both agreed that the only (appropriate) situation for a male and female to interact intimitely is in marriage and outsiders viewing private areas would cause discomfort. None of the (christian) panel agreed. In fact, one expressed that in western culture, intimacy had been “redefined”. I asked “doesn’t Christianity teach the same basic priciples of intimacy and marriage?”. Well, doesn’t it???? Shouldn’t I, a Christian male, be just as respectful as these other religions??
I know we don’t live in a perfect world but….we can strive to improve. As a single man, I tried to not look upon a woman in an improper manner. Thoughts……………..
SPIRITUAL GROWTH WORKSHOP IS COMING NEXT WEEK!!!!