The mockery of faith traditions or non-faith traditions perplexes me. Yes, people have been burned, damaged, embittered by their former and even current faith. However, I don’t understand the need to mock anyone in order to appear humorous or “cool” to those that happen to be around at that particular moment. It could be mere defense mechanism. Regardless, it frustrates me to see so many individuals mocking one another. Yet, I know I’ve done this often.
What brought about these thoughts was a run in I had over the past week. I came across a situation when I was mocked for my faith. I believe in the Christian faith, identify mostly with doubting Thomas, and will eternally struggle with many passages of the Holy Bible. I have always attempted to respect the belief or non-belief of my friends, family, acquaintances and strangers. It’s an odd feeling staring someone in the face that is openly saying they feel as though you lack intelligence and/or logic. And my response was pure and utter silence due to not really knowing if I should respond. I was taken aback. I have been put in similar positions before but this one felt extremely new and harsh. I have been deemed the “anti-christ”, a Universalist, etc. due to my beliefs. Oddly enough, that doesn’t bother me. Maybe it was just the circumstances of that day or week or that short interaction which really had these feelings set in and stay with me over the past few days.
I admit to being guilty of this, especially within the political and religious realm. So this is a self-reminder to be patient and loving towards those that I don’t understand and even those I really could never agree with. Along with watching my own response to see if it is done out of loving concern for my fellow human being or to make myself feel better and prove that I’m right and could never be as ignorant or cruel as them. That in itself is a massive lie.
I wonder how often I have made another person feel the way I did.
“I thought such awful thoughts that I cannot even say them out loud because they would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of the cat dish.” ― Anne Lamott