Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
Tasha Blackburn, a ministerial colleague, reminds us of a memoir written by Karen Blixen, a memoir which was the basis for the movie “Out of Africa.”
One day a young boy named Kitau came to work for her. After only three months, Kitau came to Blixen asking for a letter of recommendation in his application to work for one of Blixen’s neighbors. Blixen did not want the young man to leave, so offered him more money.
Kitau said, “No, it is not a matter of money. I made up my mind before I came here to become Christian or Muslim. So I stayed here for three months to see the ways and habits of Christians. Now I will go to our neighbor’s house and see the ways of Muslims. Then I will decide.”
This true story caused me to reflect: what do people learn of my Christian faith when they see my ways and habits?
I invite us all to look at what other people observe and assess about our values, our faith, our commitments by the way they see us living our lives. What sense of grace, compassion, peace, and justice for all do we exhibit? Do we treat everyone else as a child of God or as a person to be exploited for our benefit?
There are many persons, unknown to us, who are deciding their values for their life, based on what they observe in us.
What a wonderful opportunity is ours to make sure that what people see in our daily attitudes and commitments represent the faith we are called to share with all.