M.P.: I am Hindi. Our 'big thing' is karma, you know.
Me: I understand. I am Christian. I guess our 'big thing' is sin.
Me: Yes, I'm sorry. I made a bad joke.
M.P.: Yes, but it is true. Christians talk a lot about sin, but usually, it is about someone else's sin. Not their sin.
Me: Yes, I'm afraid that's true.
M.P.: If Christians were more concerned about their own sin rather than worry if someone else is sinning, the world would be a better place, you know?
M.P.: And, Ma'am, if you don't mind me saying, I think if Christians stuck with the basics of their religion, and taught the basics of their religion, they would be better Christians.
Me: How do you mean?
Me: You speak such truth it warms my heart and brings tears to my eyes. I think you are a better Christian than I am.
M.P.: Well, I went to Christian school in South India. I know about the teachings of Jesus. But the brothers and sisters who taught me cared more about nourishing my mind and feeding my body and my tending soul than whether or not they could convert me to their beliefs. So, my way of life is Hindu and I try to practice the basic teachings of Jesus. He was a good man. A very, very good man. He knew the Ten Commandments and the Sanatana Dharma. You can hear it in the prayer he taught his disciples and the New Commandment he gave them. If some of the people who say they are Christians would actually follow his teachings, well, it would be good. It would be very good.
Me: Hmmmm . . . . Less sin, more Dharma.
M.P.: Ha! I think that would make a good bumper sticker.
Me: Indeed. I'm so glad I came here to Glasgow. I was supposed to go to Edinburgh today. I think part of why I'm here instead is to meet you.
M.P.: I am so grateful that God has put you in my path. I am so grateful to the Christians who gave me an education. You make me think that maybe Christianity has a future.
Me: Well, there are some days when I worry about that.
M.P. Worry less. Be more of who you are, more of the time. Let your light shine. Others will follow. That's how it worked for Jesus, right?