Saturday, October 15, 2011

Unreached?

I love reading homeschool blogs. That being said, many that I like are Christian. I am not a Christian. But I have nothing against Christians. But then I have nothing against Buddhists, Wiccans, Hindus or Muslims. I furthermore am neutral towards Unitarian Universalists, the Baha'i, the Taoist, Animists and just about any other form of worship.  But what gets me hot under the collar is the Christian arrogance to think that a person is lacking if they are not reached, AKA converted. So, today in reading one of the blogs I visit about once a month or so, I noticed a button in the corner called 'Unreached People of the Day' staring at me. Featured on the button is an Indian village woman. And some stats were given on the button as well. It encouraged people to pray for these people because there is no evangelical presence in their area.

At the risk of stepping on all kinds of Christian piggies here and loosing who knows how many 'friends' on my blog I must say this: Leave non-Christians alone. Please! They are doing just fine! Please take the time and familiarize yourselves with other religions and realize that the core messages on all of them is the same. They have a faith that is as dear to them as yours is to you. Hinduism is much older than most other current faiths. And I say current faiths because they come and they go. A faith may hang around for thousands of years but eventually it changes as new prophets come along and new religions evolve!

Converting a people removes a deep root from them. A link to their history, their land, their culture and their ancestors. And this is worst for rural people who must have that link as it merges their lives with the rhythm of the land.

Pray for them if it makes you happy, but let them be who they are, just much as you would want to be allowed to remain who you are.

Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. [Matthew 7:12]

5 comments:

Eva said...

You know, I know exactly what you mean -- I've encountered this many times myself. You don't need to be non-Christian to feel that way. Even among Christians this can be found and not only among Christians of different denominations, but also among the same denominations.

EarthMamaHomeschool said...

I couldn't agree more, pushy religion stinks! I just happened upon your blog and have really enjoyed 'poking' around. Thanks!!
Angela
EarthMamaHomeschool.com

Marlis said...

Eva, that is interesting but not entirely surprising.

EarthMama, glad to see you visiting my blog. Our sons have the same name :)

Karen said...

I couldn't agree more!

If you can, please take a moment to check out my blog at: http://taytayhser.blogspot.com/

I think you and I are on the same page!

Peace!

Marlis said...

Karen, I really enjoyed your blog and will be visiting often.