Excellent words from Father Richard Rohr:
“Christianity is a lifestyle—a way of being in the world that is simple, non-violent, shared, inclusive, and loving.”
We made it, however, into a formal established religion, in order to avoid the demanding lifestyle itself. One could then be warlike, greedy, racist, selfish, and vain at the highest levels of the church, and still easily believe that Jesus is “my personal Lord and Savior.” The world has no time for such silliness anymore. The suffering on Earth is too great.
Adapting the prayer Rohr offers as a companion to that quote:
Help us be compassionate in our actions.