Do you, like me, have a tendency to impugn the motives and character of people who think differently from you? If someone favors the New England Patriots over the Denver Broncos, they definitely approve of cheating. If someone dislikes Indian food, they’re a cretin. If they say “irregardless,” they’re illiterate.
Sadly, for me this often extends to how I think about other Christians and other faiths. Calvinists are rigid. Mormons legalistic. Unitarians adrift.
If your life depended on it, could you pin Burkina Faso on a map of the world? Me neither. Life is so fragile. But I do know its capital is Ouagadougou (because it’s fun to say) and as of yesterday, I now have a friend from there. Although Sama’s family has been Christian for generations, he lives among Muslims. He told me around half of Burkina Faso is Muslim, but not the kind we usually think of. He said they’ve blended their former animism (the belief in supernatural powers that organize and animate the material universe) with more recent Islam. According to the BBC, the country gets along pretty nicely this way.