This video from Canada's Parliament reminded me of how true politeness can refresh one's spirit. It's far from the empty abyss of measured small talk we many times offer up when meeting people whom we know to have very different beliefs than ours.
A truly kind expression that we wish others to be happy - even if we disagree on how that is achieved spiritually - will do more to create a relationship and level playing ground for sharing the Gospel of Jesus than the less elegant approach of trying to first sledgehammer flat the other's religion. The latter only leads to an uphill battle and resistance that, sadly, too often we perceive as hostility toward our own faith when in reality people are simply defending themselves against our unloving meanness.
So, Merry Christmas back to you, Nina Grewal. And a Happy New Year too!
Pastor Tim has retired from pastoring local churches and is now working alongside his wife to help refugees and persecuted Christians.