Khloe Kardashian wrote an essay called “My Relationship With Spirituality” for Lena Dunham’ Lenny site/newsletter this week. I don’t really know how to feel about this, mostly because this essay seems like a defense of something about which Khloe wasn’t even facing criticism. We all know by now that the Kardashian-Jenner clan is somewhat religious. They go to a church in Calabasas, and they tend to get pap’d at the church on major holidays. But Khloe wants you to know that her relationship with God started a long time ago, and she’s still a spiritual person. You can read the full essay here. Some highlights:
Her father was a man of faith: “We went to church every Sunday, religiously. When we started getting older, my dad stopped going to church, but he still read the Bible every single day. Sundays then became about his bringing church and religion into our home. He would play gospel music — it had so much soul, and he loved that.”
Her spirituality and multi-faith acceptance: “I’ve always been a very spiritual person. I believe with every fiber of my being that there is a higher power. I love theology and I enjoy learning about other people’s religions. I’ve read about Buddhism and the Quran, and I’ve gone to Seder dinners with Jewish friends. One of my exes was Muslim and observed Ramadan, which is a month of fasting. You fast from sunrise to sunset to commemorate the first time the Quran was revealed to Muhammad, and I practiced it with him to be supportive. I don’t believe you need to be a certain religion to embrace someone else’s religion. It’s a matter of respecting someone. I’m a Christian but I don’t think a church necessarily makes you religious.”
No judgment: “Believing in a higher power is what guides me to make the right decisions. While I believe in heaven and hell and angels and spirits, I don’t judge people for their beliefs. And I don’t understand how others can sit around casting judgments on people because they have different religions and a certain point of view.”
Praying with her glam squad: “My relationship with spirituality has changed over the years, but I’ve never stopped believing. I enjoy going to church, I just haven’t found a church that I’m passionate about, where I fit in. But I have daily devotionals. Every Christmas my mom buys them for me — they tell me a prayer and give me a scripture. The devotions are just one page each, with a quote from the Bible, a breakdown of its meaning, and a daily prayer. Sometimes it’s hard for me to absorb all the information at once, so I like that the daily devotions are small enough that I can really retain the message. I read these affirmations to my glam squad every day. They think I’m nuts, but I love it, and that works for me.”
She doesn’t believe in divorce: “I’ve been blessed with a lot in my life, and I’ve also had challenges. It was a challenge for me when I decided to get divorced. At my core, I don’t believe in divorce, but I came to a point in my marriage where I had to make the choice to take care of my own mental and emotional well-being in order to protect myself and my happiness. I am at peace with that decision and do feel like I honored my vows to the very end. I feel that I kept the serious vows I made in front of God with every inch of my heart, which is why I am still honoring them today even though my relationship with my ex-husband is in a different place. I believe in caring for my partner — past or present — “in sickness and in health,” and feel at peace with my relationship with God even after the fact. I’m thankful that I can rely on my God, who, along with my family, has led me through some of the most difficult times of my life.
I like the way she explains her faith, honestly, and I wish more so-called people of faith would embrace multi-faith acceptance and love. Although I still don’t understand if this is in reaction to a criticism, or perhaps a defense of a widely-held belief that all of the Kardashian-Jenners simply worship at the altar of capitalism and nothing more. But if you’ve read interviews with Kim, Kris and Kanye before, you already know that they consider themselves devout people, people of faith, spiritual people. So…yeah. Khloe is spiritual. And her relationship with God informs her life, especially when she’s praying with her glam squad.
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) May 18, 2016
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