I supplement my Christianity with Buddhism and Judaism, with a little bit of Hinduism and Sufism thrown in for flavor. Some Christians would cringe at that, but I hope to change their minds.
We are told to love our neighbors. How can we show them love if we don’t understand anything about them? The more I learn about other faith traditions, the closer I get to God. God gave us brains so we can use them, not keep them closed.
If God didn’t want us to be different, then God would have made us all the same. That would be as boring as a garden full of the same kind of flower or an orchestra with just one kind of instrument. I like daylilies and piccolos, but I also like roses and kettledrums. Variety adds balance and joy to life.
I love the fact that I can take a yoga class (Hindu) in a YMCA (Christian) gym. I love that it is possible to find music that has Caribbean steel drums and Tibetan throat singing and Chinese hammered dulcimer all together. I love that I can go to a Chinese buffet and get Japanese and American food too. I love that we are waking up to the beauty of each other and celebrating our differences.
I think this is part of what the Kingdom of Heaven looks like. Celebrating the glorious variety that God has made here on Earth is a sign that we love and trust that our God is good and loves us.