When you think of great people in the world a few names come to mind. Gandhi (Hindu), Dali Lama (Buddhist), Martin Luther King (Baptist) and Mother Theresa (Roman Catholic). All of these leaders come from different backgrounds and religions yet all have one goal: To Make The World A Better Place. Peace Now Freedom Now.
My personal inspiration to do the things that I do in life comes from Mother Theresa. Some of you might not remember her legacy. Watch a mini biography here:
Some people falsely believe that being a religious leader means that you are somehow better than everyone around you. The reality is that they are still human and have just as many issues as the rest of us. In fact, there are actually some leaders that have been in handcuffs a time or two.
Matthew F. Hale used to be the leader of the Creativity Movement. That did not stop him from wanted to end the life of a federal judge. Hale was so determined to off the judge that he solicited someone to have the deed done. Unfortunately for him, the person he approached was an FBI informant and he was promptly arrested. According to Speedy Bail Bonds, he was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Jung Myung Seok is the leader of a religious sect in South Korea. He is also the one who founded the Christian Gospel Mission. While you would believe that this would make him a man of high moral standing, he used his power in the wrong way. He was convicted of raping many of the women who followed his teachings.
Here is an expose from a news channel in Australia about this religious group:
Yahweh Ben Yahweh is the head of the Nation of Yahweh. Instead of relaxing and effectively running his religious sect, he decided that racketeering was far more fun. Besides this, he has conspired to kill at least 14 people. He felt that murder was an acceptable rite of passage for those who were serious about becoming one of his followers. He ended up serving 11 years in prison.
As you can tell, being a leader of a religion does not stop you from being human. There are people all over the world who commit crimes every day and being a religious head does not make you immune. Now that you know all of this, it may make you think twice about following the teachings of someone you have not done any research on.
There are several famous Saints: Saint Valentine, Saint Patrick and Saint Anthony. But when it comes to modern day saints, there are numerous ones to choose from and discuss. Saints are people who are simply extraordinary and live a life of service to other human beings and are typically considered to be in heaven after death. In my opinion there are a few modern day saints that certainly live up to their reputation.
Firstly, we will start with Mother Theresa. Mother Theresa is well known for her charitable acts and is seen as a blessing wherever she went. She touched the lives and hearts of everyone she met and always gave selflessly. She was mainly involved in eradicating poverty and she sought to feed and clothe the needy.
Another modern day saint that we will look at is Maya Angelou. I think that Maya Angelou is a saint because of her amazing works of written stories and poetry. She also spearheaded many projects with the intention of providing for the needy and the helpless. She is the definition of an amazing woman, who is always striving to serve those around her.
Lastly, we will look at the current president of the United States, Barack Obama as a modern day saint. I think that he is a saint because he has crossed so many borders by being the first black president of the United States of America. He always seeks to improve the lives of everyone and not just his black brothers and sisters. He strives to bring peace and harmony to this world which is truly remarkable.
In closing, we have just discussed the top 3 modern day saints in the world. Of course, there are hundreds of other saints that should be mentioned and celebrated. I hope that this article has inspired you and that you seek to become a blessing in this world to your fellow men and women.