Mother Teresa once said:
“I believe in person to person. Every person is Christ for me, and since there is only one Jesus, that person is the one person in the world at that moment.”
I know that I’ve said many disparaging things about Christians and Christianity over the years. But if every Christian saw Jesus Christ in every person and acted accordingly, nary an unpleasant word would you hear me utter about the Christian faith or about those who embrace it. Indeed, I would almost certainly be Christian myself and using my vanishingly small talents to draw others to the faith. But even if most Christians don’t see and love people the way Mother Teresa did, this doesn’t mean that I can’t, even if I never call myself Christian, and even if I continue to harbor grave misgivings about institutionalized versions of the faith.