When someone says, “I practice a faith different from yours,” does anyone else ever think, wait, practice? What is that, like dabbling? Exploring? Trying on new outfits? What are you actually practicing for?
Why are you practicing? Life is not a dress rehearsal! I think I’ll just play around with this until I get really good, and if that ever happens, than I’ll stop practicing and actually start performing? Here’s the thing, you’ll never get “good enough,” never, not when it comes to following Jesus Christ. Faith is not a practice, it’s a lifestyle, a performance, the main event. You walk it out.
I’m going to have to be bold here and declare, Christians are not just, “practicing their faith of choice.” It’s not like that at all. As much as I appreciate the concession that I should be “free to practice my chosen beliefs,” that is actually a Christian ideal. A Christian ideal that has been put into practice.
We have the freedom to choose because of Christian values.
Like, nowhere in the world are you free to, “practice your faith of choice,” except in the Christian world where such ideals dominate the narrative. All things are not equal here, and I’m not trying to be unkind or intolerant or anything. (By the way, concerns about unkindness and intolerance are also Christian ideals.)
Shoot, in most places around the world, the rules are simple. You will comply with the politics and religion of choice shared by the dominant majority. That’s the beginning and the end of the story. Pose any kind of inconvenience or threat and you are toast. That’s how it is in much of the world and that’s how it’s always been throughout human history.
Jesus Christ came to set the captives free. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.”
Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
I assure you, I am standing here very gently, very politely, full of patience, love, and tolerance, but I never am, and I never will be, simply “practicing my faith of choice,” because all things in the world are not equal and like it or not, some ideas are simply way better than others.
Like the idea of freewill, and the concepts of mercy, grace, forgiveness, patience, and tolerance.