Countdown Day 34

This quest must instead work more like a wedding proposal, an invitation. It must be about free conversation, not forced conversion. It must demand nothing of anybody, and it must make no threats or strike no bargains, because threats and bargains would invalidate the tender nature of the proposal. Rather, it must open up a “we” into which all are invited, but none are coerced, shamed, pressured, or even obligated. It accepts “No” as a response as valid as “Yes,’ though it may do so with a tear because it is a proposal of love. (27)

From A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith (available February 9, 2010)