We were sitting in the church coffee bar after service, chatting about the message, which focused on global missions in India, Thailand and the “ends of the earth.”
Kim: I’m not so sure we should impose our culture on other cultures.
Pat: It’s not our culture. We’re informing them of the one true religion.
Kim: Why should we intervene?
Pat: If you saw someone you loved in a canoe, and you knew they were headed toward deadly rapids, but they didn’t know rapids were ahead, wouldn’t you warn them about the rapids?
Kim: Yeah… But other cultures have their own religions.
Pat: We’re telling them about the one true God. They need to know Jesus so they can live for eternity with God in heaven. They will be judged when they meet God.
Kim: They can be judged by their own gods.
A pregnant pause. We processed Kim’s remark.
Pat: There is only one true God.
Me: That’s a key point.
Pat: That is the point.
This conversation is still bothering me. Does Kim also believe others’ “gods” are real, and we have a buffet of deities to choose from? Or was she speaking from the point of view of people with other religions? Or what?
I do know that I’m so glad Pat was there to field Kim’s questions, with grace and patience.