Editor’s note: Last year, CT called it the craziest statistic you’ll read about North American missions: One in five non-Christians in the U.S. and Canada do not know a single Christian—with first and second-generation immigrant families (many of them Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims) the least likely to have Christian friends.
Courtney Humphreys and Nishta Mehra, whose journal-style reflections appear below, are beating those odds. They are a pair of best friends who recognize the real-life differences in their beliefs, but still have learned and grown from a decade-plus of cross-cultural friendship.
Courtney realizes their relationship seems convoluted on paper: “I’m a white, evangelical Christian, married with two young children. She's brown, non-Christian, and raising a two-year-old son with her partner, Jill.” Yet, Courtney sees Nishta as one of one of her truest, most steadfast friends on this earth.
And Nishta, a regular Her.meneutics reader, says their connection, ever since they unexpectedly became friends during Diet Coke-fueled calculus study sessions back in Christian high school, has “forced me to push past every assumption I had made about her, and to realize how much I had done the same with others. It has been, from the start, a humbling and grace-filled friendship.”
Many of our friendships with people of other faiths and lifestyles get by because we ignore or don’t bring up the great diving factor, the belief that for Christians shapes everything else: Christ is Savior of the world. I’m struck by the openness these two friends have about their differing convictions and how God has used them to serve each other.
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My Non-Christian Best Friend
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