Well, my 10-year old daughter, Eirene, went to a birthday party one of of her best 4th grade friends. The party was held at a tea house in Glendora, called Two-a-Tea. It was a very quaint and cozy little tea shop. There were about 7 girls, dressed in their finest tea-toting apparels, with hats, and their mothers’ pearls. Each of the girls looked so lovely, and were so excited to be at a dress up event just for them.
My daughter came home and was so happy and excited about the day’s events. However, as I was putting her to bed, just before our nightly prayers, she began a conversation about something that had disturbed her. During the party, she learned that one of her friends, an Indian girl, was a vegetarian, and had mentioned to her about some fasting rituals in her religion. Eirene was very puzzled about it and asked me what it was.
I answered her by saying that her friend is probably a Hindu. I explained that Hindus believe that there are many, many gods, and a lot of Hindus do not eat meat because they worship animals and other living things as gods. When she began to understand this, Eirene’s eyes began to well up with tears. I asked her, “Does that make you sad?” She answered, “Yes, because that means my friend doesn’t know Jesus.” Then she asked, “Daddy, is it OK if I tell her about the Bible and share the gospel too?” I answered, “Of course you can! But just remember, that you have to respect her beliefs, and you have to respect her as well, and you shouldn’t stop loving her because she believes differently. While you don’t agree with what she believes, you can still love her as a friend and share your faith in Jesus Christ as a loving friend.” Then she added, “Can I pray for her tonight?” I said, “Of course, it’s always good to pray for those we love and care for.”