It is intriguing to see the people we consider religious leaders today were actually reformers in their time. Jesus, Mohammad, Zarathrushtra, Nanak, Basavaveshwara, Ramanujam, Buddha all spoke for the changes required in their society in their respective era and society.
Their achievements were stupendous, mainly because it started from a space of wanting to bring about a positive change, no matter who or what opposed them.
Surely then, being religious does mean being connected with the world and still remaining true to eternal spiritual principles. This may even be tested severely, but they are our role models precisely because they had the courage to persevere.
"Listen to your heart to see what is right", is something they all believed and lived by.
Surely, they would like us to do the same.