By Tony Kriz, from Portland (woohoo), From CT:
I want to encourage an exhale of peace and freedom here. I am going to take a few minutes to simply start the conversation. Here is a short list, in no particular order, of seven of the ways that I am aware that I and others have lied (and still do) when we practice cross-spiritual communication. I hope that you will add your own thoughts in the comments below. Maybe we will get to share a classroom of epiphanies together right here in Leadership Journal.
- We lie when we claim we are more confident than we really are.
- We lie when we claim that unexplainable things are in fact explainable.
- We lie when we don’t acknowledge our doubts within the drama of faith.
- We lie when we pretend like the Bible doesn’t say some really nasty things when in fact it does.
- We lie when we claim we understand other beliefs, faiths and world views.
- We lie when we claim that all of our beliefs are a “10”.
- Finally, and most importantly, we lie (insidious and barbaric lying) when we pretend like we really, really, really love the other person when in fact we don’t.
I would like to close with a different sort of lie. This is not a way that I lie, but instead a way that I was lied to. I was lied to by religious people. They told me that cross-spiritual communication is dangerous. It is dangerous because when I do it, there is a strong possibility that it will divide and the other person will become my enemy.
Well, in my experience sharing my faith around the world and in my post-Christian city, if we can share honestly, authentically and with humility, division does not happen. Instead, Friendship Happens.