The Gun Store Owner and the Muslim Stranger

Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective

In my simple way of thinking, God is that force in life that calls us into loving and just relationships. To be faithful is to join God in doing what it is that God does – working to overcome the hatreds that alienate, enslave and devalue life.

Hatred abides in this world and religion is often at the root. Consider the Florida gun dealer who recently received national attention for declaring his store a “Muslim Free Zone” after the killings in Chattanooga, TN. Now he has agreed to meet with a Muslim civil rights leader who, after an initial conversation, the store owner describes as “a friend.”

Here’s My Take: This is how God works. In the midst of hatred, someone comes forth in a way that offers the potential for new understanding and relationship. Jesus, what a novel idea.

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