Sometimes I just don’t know how to talk to my daughter about Christianity. We were OK talking about “The Passion” after she saw it. But yesterday, on the way home from church, all I did was ask her what her boyfriend said when she told him about the movie. And I know he doesn’t believe in Jesus as his savior, nor does he believe Jesus is the Son of God. I’m not even sure he believes that Jesus lived and certainly he doesn’t think the Bible is reliable on matters of history or fact.
I do understand that my daughter is rather confused at times about what she really believes. What gets my goat, though, is that she is content to be confused. She says she’s only been exposed to Christianity, which is true, and she would like to know more about other religions, but then does nothing to investigate what other religions say. And if I try to explain that the world’s religions don’t all say the same thing about who God is, who man is and why the world is the way it is — and challenge her to find the answers to her questions — well, I’m just the bad guy trying to force Christianity on her. She ends up thinking I'm judgmental and intolerant.
The whole thing reminds me a bit of the G.K. Chesterton quote: “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.”