We share with all Christians the understanding that all need the healing touch of God. But, differences in how we understand our faith affects how we perceive the world, and how we interact with others.
I particularly remember one couple I knew years ago, who were among my most trusted and supportive friends at the time. Great people.
One day they were speaking of their second home in the mountains, where they planned to retire. It was completely “off the grid” – no connections to utilities of any sort, not even a mailing address. They never let anyone know exactly where it was.
They were also fairly conservative in their faith, and this sounded a lot like a refuge from the Apocalypse. But, they were such reasonable, balanced people! I knew that couldn’t be the case. So, I teased the wife, saying “Then I suppose the gas masks, concertina wire and machine gun nests are all just for show”?
Looking a little shocked, she said (dead serious), “How’d you know?”
“How did I know what?” I asked in surprise.
“How did you know we had gas masks?”