Love Through A Snapshot: Shot 3
“If it weren’t for the right people and the right environment, my faith wouldn’t be the same.”
As I sat in my second host family’s living room, Amy continued her story as her husband Jean entered the room to welcome us with tea. I couldn’t help but agree with Amy.
Regardless of faith, surrounding yourself by positive people and a positive environment has a direct influence on how you see the world and how you see yourself. It influences the way you talk, what you talk about, and even the type of books and media you decide to consume.
Amy grew up in Mauritius – a French-speaking island that is 48% Hindu, 26% Catholic,
17% Islam, with smaller percentages of Buddhism and other Christian denominations. In other words, Amy came from a diverse mélange of faiths and ethnicities which formed the crux of tolerance and acceptance on her island.
For Amy, it wasn’t about the labels. Besides arguments from some Christians that Catholics aren’t Christian, Amy saw it otherwise. Although Amy is an evangelical Christian, growing up around God-loving people at her Catholic school is part of her narrative and testimony.
Despite the bad reputation that Catholic schools or renowned for, Amy was fortunate that her school did not live up to the infamy. At her school, Amy was surrounded by Christ-loving people who were dedicated to finding the ways to love God more beyond the labels or title of a denomination of faith.
For Amy, she felt fortunate that she was at a Catholic school that was aligned to scripture and Christ’s way: to walk in love.
As of now, she feels fortunate because she knows that in other churches and in other areas of the world, people still see God’s church as one made by human hands, of immaculate buildings, rote prayers, and impersonal tithes. “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man…” (Acts 17:24)
To some intellectuals of the world who pride themselves in their knowledge, having faith in a higher power is still deemed as the poverty of the mind of the common folk.
Of the poor. Of the outcasts who know nothing else.
And if not the common folk, we are esteemed in the likeness of intellectually and logically -deprived, ignorant of realities of the natural laws of the world.
But if we know what is true, what is good, and what is love, we shouldn’t care about the labels.
We shouldn’t care if people judge or say unkind things…
Because that’s the way of the world.
If we truly are to walk in the way of a believer, we know that love is stronger than any other force that will try to bend us toward the repeated cycles, depressions, and ways of human nature.
The way of love is always esteemed as foolish by cynics.
Esteemed or not, in written and unwritten laws of society, I would rather choose the way of Love. <3