My priest argued from the pulpit that the faithful Christian found ways to apply his/her Christian values in all aspects of life. Having tried to do so in family, teaching, consulting, and so on, I realized there was one big area left – my research. And a good researcher really spends most of his /her time thinking, reading, preparing, doing, and writing up research. So that was just one thing, but a big thing. And I decided to try to do that.
That’s when I got into ethics very seriously. That’s when I started giving up quantitative empiricism and statistical analysis for hermeneutics and phenomenology. That’s when I started using the Abraham myth in Genesis as a jumping off point. That’s when I started writing about effective punishment through forgiveness and repentance.
Rationalization is easier through compartmentalization. But I’m not seeking rationality so much as faithfulness. And as Lao Tzu said, “The Tao is one. It’s humans who divided it into the 10,000 things.” But apparently divided, it remains one. Many or one; same thing.
As Paul points out, you can’t see in their hearts. You’re lucky if you can see into your own. However, just because you try to treat others with Christian values doesn’t mean you trust your wallet (or heart) to strangers.
Jesus said love, not trust. Trust takes a long time.