I’ve heard Penn of Penn and Teller’s comedy routine a few times. He is a talented comedian with a sharp wit. He’s also an outspoken atheist. Though I would disagree with him on some fundamental theological issues, I happened to find this video by him refreshingly good.
I share this vid (which one of my dear readers first shared with me) because Penn speaks a lot of wisdom here Christians should consider.
Be sincerely interested in people. This goes for people from a variety of worldview persuasions. Everyone has a story. Everyone has a unique context from which they draw answers to the biggest questions in life.
Everyone deserves to be heard and valued, if not simply because they are fellow image bearers.
I’m not great at this by any stretch.
A few years back I had an outspoken atheist coworker I worked closely with on a daily basis. Conversations inevitably turned spiritual from time to time. Most of them were respectful but now and then some of the dialogue turned heated. I was as much (probably more) to blame for this as he was.
I remember one day after asking a few questions about the origins of everything he admitted, “Well, we both take some things on faith.”
I appreciated that honesty.
No one has all the answers.
I certainly don’t.
But everyone deserves to be heard, considered, and respected at a basic human level. No one has to be a world class apologist to do this.
In the end we’re not walking trees, we’re souls.