You guys know I have a pretty tumultuous relationship with Christianity. I try to remember all the good Christian friends I have but it’s hard to hold onto that in the face of so many Christians trying to take over the world and destroy other people’s faiths.
However, a couple weeks ago a Christian stranger did something remarkable for me and reminded me that most people are good, most people want to help others, be kind, and make the world a better place.
So Garrick Ravi and I walked to the grocery store and on the way home a pick up truck pulled up beside me. I stopped thinking someone was asking for directions. The woman rolled down her window and leaned across to say that she was hoping to find me. She had seen us at the grocery store but I left so quickly she couldn’t catch me. She said that she and her husband like to give out something for kids around Christmas.
She said when she got in her truck she prayed to the Lord to let her find me and she did.
I thanked her and told her how sweet that was. As I reached for what she offered I expected a dollar tree toy and a church brochure.
But no. She handed me $45 cash and asked me to buy something special for Garrick Ravi for Christmas!
I was floored by her generosity and thanked her profusely.
I never mentioned not being Christian (something I usually make a point of, particularly when praying to The Lord comes up). I wonder if I didn’t because I was being greedy. I wonder if she cared, as she certainly didn’t ask whether I was Christian before giving this gift and she gave no pitch for her church. I wonder if it is wrong for me to accept Christian charity.
Most of all, though, I am grateful that there are Christians in this world who understand the true meaning of their religion, which is kindness and charity. Not that everyone should feel like they have to give money to strangers, but a Christian should be thinking of others and giving what they can to uplift others.
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