We all know that the members of a religious community are trustworthy and decent people. We also know that we can trust them to watch out for those who would wrong us. Unfortunately, there is no difference between how to feel about such people and how to feel about non-religious individuals or any other set of strangers. What does it really mean to be a trustworthy and decent person? What makes someone trustworthy and nice? How do you find out if the religious community you belong to is trustworthy and decent?
You can ask other people to help you answer these questions. Ask your religious leaders how they feel about it. Find out what measures they take to ensure that sexual offenders are not allowed to have a place in their congregation. Check with your local police to see if they have information on sex offenders in your area. Do some research and find out what you need to know about how to feel safe around religious people.
When you know you are dealing with members of a religious community that has trustworthy members, you can have a more comforting experience. You will no longer feel afraid of being violated, or of the mere thought that someone out there could be a potential abuser. You will feel safe around this community because you will know that the members of the community will watch out for you. This is true even when you are not present at the religious services, or when you are not observing the daily spiritual activities.
Trust and safety in the community of faith are important. If you are not a member of a religious community, it is still important to work on building your faith. Even if you are not interested in becoming part of a religious group, you can participate in their events and activities. It is important to find a religious group that you can identify with on some level. When you work with members of the same faith, you may find that you share many of the same goals and ideals.
Being open about your faith allows you to gain an appreciation for the different beliefs that others have. It is important to respect all faiths. You can learn more about your own faith by learning about the beliefs of others. You may even find that you can identify with their beliefs. You will begin to see the common threads in the stories of others.
Being honest with yourself is an important part of working on how to feel safe around religious people. Be honest about your background, but don’t be blind. If you have lived in certain areas, or attended certain churches or organizations, you should reveal that. Don’t keep this information to yourself so that you can feel free to practice your faith whenever you want. When you are involved in the activities of other members of the community, you should always be respectful. If you are not respectful, you will alienate many of your peers.
Kent is a school teacher who is passionate about others. With that, he sees to it that he volunteers to local communities in helping the needy. He also help organize some charities and attends forums.