Some people who are very dear to me have been wondering, “Why on earth did Matt name this project Heathen Pilgrim?” This post is for them.
If my use of the word “heathen” disturbs you, please be assured that I do not use that word because I am a heathen, nor do I wish you were.
I use the word “heathen” because it is a reminder to me that sometimes in order to experience the world in front of me, I need to relax my grip on things I hold dear. It is a reminder to me that sometimes the best way to solve a particular challenge is not to overpower it with conviction and prove I am right, but to submit to it, to stop resisting, and just to listen. It is a reminder to me that I’ve got to put down my sword before I can shake someone’s hand.