Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Faith like an atheist (and a child)

Sometimes I'm impressed with how Christian my friend Hemant Mehta can be for an atheist (well, except for the believing in God part).

The above is a talk he gave for the Secular Student Alliance. In it, he discusses some run-ins that he's had with the Illinois Family Institute (mostly for being an atheist teacher in the public schools) and how, despite his (rightful) anger with them, he invited the primary voice to coffee and the two of them sat down and spent time together. After meeting face to face, they came away with a better understanding of one another. I'm sure they're not bffs or even really agree about much of anything, but there's more of a mutual respect there simply as fellow humans. I have nothing but deep respect for Hemant for reaching out to someone he probably didn't like very much, who had sought to cause him pain.

Yesterday I shared how I'm a bad mom. I'm lucky though, because my kids are still good kids. This past weekend, my oldest, who has been having a difficult time with one of her friends, called that friend and spent some time on the phone with her, fixing their relationship. She has heard some of the nasty things that this friend said about her behind her back, and she still took a deep breath and called her up to make things right. The courage it took to do that is really astounding to me.

Last night I finally got around to listening to Andrew Marin's interview on Moody Radio from Monday. He was there to discuss the "I'm Sorry" project that they did during the Chicago pride parade. At the end of the interview, he took some calls. It was astounding to listen to one caller seriously chide Andrew for apologizing for how the Church has treated the LGBT community, telling him that she took "great offense" at his apology.

In Matthew 5, Jesus said:
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the alter and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the alter. First go and be reconciled with your brother; then come and offer your gift.
Seriously? The atheist and the kid get it better than the adult Christian?

I guess it's time to go flip through the ol' brain and figure out who I need to be calling for some coffee!

Is there anyone that you have a particularly difficult time forgiving? What's stopping you?
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