This song is awesome. Most of REM songs are awesome. This post is not about REM.
This post is about losing my religion. ‘Losing my religion’ is, according the REM, a phrase which means ‘to lose my temper’.
The idea is, if you get angry about something, if you lose your temper than you have forgotten your religious values (mostly Christian values (as this is an american deep south saying)).
However, I think there is something to be gained by anger. In some situations the only correct response to it is anger, is losing your temper. When Jesus saw the poor being persecuted in the name of God, his response was anger. When we see the poor being persecuted in the name of God, in the name of progress, in the name of tradition, our response should be anger. When we see minorities being denied equality, we should be angry. And the anger should lead to action, the anger should lead to the destruction of the systems which are continuing the persecution and equality.
If we have to lose our religion to do what is right, that is what we must do.