No Sin, No Guilt, Just Responsibility
Rev. Thomas M. Haley, Manataka Elder
a Christian pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), I’ve heard the
term “sin” close to a million times. First, no one is sinless. Second, even if
we did not sin, according to many denominations, we would still be sinners.
However, in the Native American belief system uses the word responsibility which
seems more correct than sin. Sin is not in the Native American vocabulary.
more I study, the more I understand the Native American way of life. There is a
sharp parallel between Christianity and Native American culture. The Native
American culture takes Christianity to a whole new level. Love Mother Earth
without greed or possession. Christians have a responsibility to Mother Earth,
but have failed their responsibility.
I became part of the Manataka American Indian Council and THE MOMENT event on
the sacred mountain, I realized I was among strangers who became brothers and
sisters to me that offered me unconditional love. I scratched my head and
thought, “Is Jesus a Native American?”
found encouragement, hope, direction and a unique family.
Jesus gave the world two commandments - only - Love God and Love Each Other. As
Indians, we are responsible for each other and honor and take care of the older
ones. This sounds so much like Love God- Love Each Other.
Sogoyewapha, "Red Jacket" - once said to a Christianity missionary: “Brother,
you say there is but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is
but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it? Why not all
agreed, as you can all read the Book?”
doubt if we, as Christians, will ever agree on everything. I do believe the Red
Road Way is a necessity for all people, all religions, all people.
simple way of life, the simple religion is embedded in love, respect and
responsibility, not so much in guilt, sin and intolerance. Love and respect the
Great Spirit. Aho