I was having a safe, superficial conversation with a service industry professional today. We exchanged the usual pleasantries: “How are you today? Where are you from? Do you have family?” That sort of thing. Then she said, as people usually do in these exchanges, “So what do you do?” I told her that I am a pastor.
Because of my occupation, this question sometimes leads to deeper conversations, sometimes it stays shallow and safe. It depends on the person asking. I’m usually prepared for either path.
This conversation went deeper.
She told me about her religious upbringing, a semi-connection to the Roman Catholic parish of her grandmother. She said she hadn’t been to a church in a long, long time, but she finds religion fascinating. The inevitable question was then raised. In her mind, the answer to her question was clearly “yes.” But she was trying to engage in a conversation. So she put her belief in the form of a question:
“Aren’t all religions basically the same?”
What would you have said?
To be continued…