Should We Be Tolerant of Other Religions?
As part of our "Ask Pastor Dave" blog post series, a parishioner wrote in to ask...
"In one of the organizations here on campus they spoke against other religions, and I was wondering what a Lutheran's take is on tolerance in the world we live in?"
I try to be supportive of the faith-lives of other people. In my mind, it is hard to imagine God saying, “I know you tried, all your life, to draw near to me — but I'm actually only interested in spending eternity with Lutherans.”
I’m willing to be open to the possibility that God is at work in ways that would surprise me. This seems to be a common theme in our Scriptures.
At the same time, I trust and believe that through Christ, I am being drawn into the heart of God, which frees me to offer myself in service to God’s world. While I’m open to the notion that God is at work in unexpected ways, I know firsthand that God is at work in Christ. So I am committed to sharing my experience with others, in hopes that they might benefit from a relationship to God that is similar to mine.
You and I need to be clear about what we believe, and how we’ve experienced God — it is a privilege to share this with others. At the same time, we need also to honor the experiences others have had with God, and be curious about what they may have learned about God that we might have missed.