The other day I was riding the bus back home and I saw this striking, charismatic man wearing a baseball hat with a message so big it almost didn’t fit on the hat. “I’m not religious, I just love the Lord.” He was smiling a lot and talking to people on the bus, the kind of person anyone would want to be friends with. I decided to do something terribly out of character for little old introvert me. I followed him off the bus, tapped him on the shoulder and asked if he could tell me about his hat. He seemed genuinely happy to be asked about his hat, as you can see for yourself. I love how this project gives me license to ask the questions I’ve always been too embarrassed or too afraid to ask.
I like this approach. Humanizes the divisive, contentious issues of faith. There are so many good people who have such strong beliefs. What if all that goodness, faith or no faith, could be channeled into good efforts that benefit everyone? What if. . . Hat’s off to humanity at its best.
Thank you for your comment, Chris. I wouldn’t normally go up to someone and explain their beliefs. However, I was curious and I figured that if my intention was honest and respectful, there could be little harm. I’m grateful this man was so kind and easy going and I loved his spontaneous and heartfelt answer. You are absolutely right, there are so many good people with strong beliefs.