I use the word “faith” because of the negative connotation with the word “religion” where religion often implies a set of rules to follow, a creed to interpret and essentially pick and choose from, a mentality that excludes outsiders and others who are different. Faith can apply to anything, and is thus more accurate to daily experience. One can have faith in a certain politician. Well, one HAS to. Why? Because many politicians have a way of saying one thing, and then doing another. When you vote, you are expressing your faith in this person. Unless you are voting for another reason, like simply adding a tally against the person you do not want to win. In this case, the meaning of voting is lost, and it’s become a game.
What about football? The phrase “she watches football religiously” is more about a regular attendance or involvment to something, a priority. Does this even mean you believe in it? The assumption is yes, but many people just do things cuz they feel they have to, not cuz they want to. I brush my teeth religiously, haha.
Yes you can argue that I essentially want to brush my teeth, because I want to stay healthy. Okay, but you know what I mean. Alterior motives are somethin’ else.