My wife and I are in Cambodia where the people are as beautiful as the country. I am teaching Exodus to native Christian pastors and also Christian meditation practices to ex-Buddhists. I get asked, Why?
I read recently, “As atheist Penn Jillette said, “How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?” 1.
Well, first of all, I don’t hate people. Some of the people I love think I am way to opinionated and am doing this for some sort of ego deal or guilt or something. They certainly are strong in their own outlook and a couple think that I am a closet “cultural imperialist.” I thought people gave up on “cultural imperialism” as a reason for doing/not doing things with the fall of the Berlin wall, but I recently discovered that I am wrong again. Oh well.
Secondly, I have no greater personal joy that to watch someone’s eyes light up as they grasp something for the first time. I loved that in the US. I love that when it happens with pastors or teenagers or grandmothers in Cambodia. Why would I want to cheat myself out of such joy?
Travel through Cambodia and you will be touched by its beauty. Travel through the heart of another and you will be touched by the burden that karma, ancestor worship and the fear of demons lays on their hearts. To help lift a burden from another fellow human being, a sister or brother, is a beautiful thing.
1. Strobel, Lee; The Case for Grace: A Journalist Explores the Evidence of Transformed Lives (Case for … Series) (p. 174). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.