When I read today’s papers, that is the Sunday Times of 28 February 2010, I was very pleased to read the article about the Ramakrishnan Mission and the Bartley Christian Church. The past weeks have seen a series of articles focusing on the intolerance of certain Christian groups. It was a breath of fresh air to read this article.

In a nutshell what happened was that Bartley Christian church opened a new church building this weekend and the car park is not big enough to accommodate the entire congregation. So what Ramakrishna mission did, which is a Hindu charitable outfit, was to offer their car park to churchgoers on Sundays. Nice.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is the Philippians 4:8. The New King James Version reads:

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things”.

I’ve added the emphasis above to highlight the things I am supposed to dwell on.  Ramakrishna Mission’s act was certainly noble, lovely and of good report.

Even though I’m not from the Bartley Christian church, as a Christian, I want to say a big thank you to Ramakrishna mission for your hospitality, grace, and kindness.