The Sikh turban

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By Tom Holmes

Contributing Reporter / Religion Blogger

The Sikh turban

I was teaching a class of eighth graders and asked them, "How will you live differently because of what you believe?"


One of teenagers asked me what I meant, so I replied, "Well, think of the Christians you know.  How do they live differently than people who aren't Christian.


The kid thought for awhile and finally said, "I don't see any difference."


My heart sunk into my stomach.  This fourteen year old couldn't see any difference in lifestyle between those who claimed to be followers of Jesus and those who didn't.  And I thought, "Has the Christian faith becomes so domesticated and conformed to American society that we've lost any prophetic moral authority at all?"


That's one reason I admire Sikh men who are religiously observant.  They let their hair grow long, make a top knot out of it and wear it under a turban they call a dastar.  If my eighth grader were in a Sikh class, he'd have no trouble saying how his dad was different, how what he believed motivated him to live differently than people in the dominant culture.


The same goes for Orthodox Jewish men who wear the white shirt, black suit and fedora hat.  No mistaking them or what they believe.   

How many of are ashamed of letting people know what we believe, of being different, of not fitting in?


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