Be a Religion Whisperer — and Save Humanity!

Janis Hunt Johnson
7 min readMay 21, 2022

whisperer: noun [with modifier] A person who is unusually skilled in calmly guiding, encouraging, or leading other people; also commonly applied to the taming or training of a specified type of animal, typically using body language and gentle vocal encouragement rather than physical contact. These meanings of the word whisperer are a result of the popularity of the 1998 film The Horse Whisperer.

Religion, Instead of Dividing Us, Can Unite Us.

With the future of American democracy on the line because of pervasive disinformation and corruption, and the very survival of humanity hanging in the balance due to climate change, we don’t have time to argue. And we don’t have time to be fearful or defeatist.

What we humans have been doing until now isn’t sustainable. Partisanship, xenophobia, white nationalism, chauvinism, racism, bigotry. . .these are done.

As a species, we are on a trajectory for self-destruction. There’s still time to save ourselves, but in order to do so we must have the moral courage to find a new way to be.

How we live our lives makes a difference. Yes, you make a difference.

Besides all the vitally important political, environmental, social, and personal decisions we can make as individuals to combat authoritarianism, climate change, consumerism, and so on, there’s something more we can do — as believers.

Skeptics may call putting faith into action as outworn, intangible, even pointless — but it’s truly the most powerful step we can take. As persons of faith — of confidence, trust, and reliance upon That Which Is beyond ourselves — let’s do our part.

We can shine a light where there is darkness. We can tell the truth to every lie. We can lead the way.

In a discussion about the threat of nuclear war, venerable scientist Carl Sagan once said, “Religion has a long history of brilliant creativity in myth and metaphor. This is a field crying out for apposite myth and metaphor. Religions can combat fatalism. They can engender hope. They can clarify our bonds with other human beings all over the planet. They can remind us that we are all in this together. There are many functions that religion can serve in trying to prevent this ultimate catastrophe” (The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God, p. 207).

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Janis Hunt Johnson

Author, 5 Smooth Stones: Our Power to Heal Without Medicine through the Science of Prayer. Transformational Editor. From Chicago to L.A., now in Pacific NW.