“First of all,” he said, “if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-”
“-Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
– Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
No doubt you’ve heard a lot of bad news lately concerning Muslims and Christians … How about some good news.
Not long ago I attended a multi-faith Bar-B-Que – Christians and Muslims, getting together for the purpose of focusing on relationship building between communities. We want to get to know, and more important, understand each other.
Albert Einstein once said, “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
There was no talk of politics, no talk that divided – just great food and a lot of good dialogue about faith, family, common values, careers, history, sports and more. To understand, I believe it takes willingness to do more than just talk, but to listen – really listen.
“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway
In my opinion, one of God’s greatest gifts for creating bridges between people is…FOOD! – We shared much good food, and the best tasting baklava I’ve ever had (homemade by the mother of new friends Kareem & Muhammad).
The Bar-B-Que involved folks from my church and a neighborhood “masjid” (a preferred term over the word mosque, as I learned from my new friends). This get-together wasn’t the first and I’m sure it won’t be our last. And I’m confident that there are many similar gatherings that take place all over the country.
“Despise not small beginnings.”
Little things can make a big difference.
“Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.”
– John Steinbeck
* Photos courtesy of Kevin Grable