We say these things sometimes with out realizing our arrogance and condescension.
“You are not like those other (Fill in name of group here)” We say, for example, thinking that this is praise while, generally, confirming our own stereotypes.
I want to admit, right up front, that I am skirting that line. I know that there is some arrogance in what I want to express. I am going to say it anyway.
I realized that I feel this way as I was teaching history class the other day. We were reading about the rise of Islam. One of the kids asked a question. It wasn’t directly related. But I realized I wanted to talk about it all day long.
I love religions.
I am a Christian. I worship the living Christ. I believe that the fullest truth is revealed in the generally accepted canon of scriptures. I think if a person were to only learn about one faith, it should be Christianity, because I think that the truths here are the most complete and important.
But I love religions.
There is so much beauty and power and power in mans eternal grappling with the Eternal.
I know in saying this, I am going to stir up not only the people who think I am patting them on the head and saying, “Aww, don’t you have cute little ideas.” I am also going to stir up my brothers and sisters in Christ who think that other religions are dangerous things which lead us down the path to destruction.
Probably at least one of those groups is right. Maybe they both are.
But here I am, and this tension hasn’t quite resolved for me, yet. So I am going to hold it, pray over it, study it and think about it and share it.
And so… there it is.