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Remembering the Lost Voices

We are losing our voices.

Anthony Bourdain was raw. Watching him explore cultures and share meals with people whom polite Christians would avoid is fascinating.

Charles Krauthammer found his voice as an author and columnist after a diving accident left him paralyzed.

Bourdain would say things that some of us think but never verbalize. He was human, just like you, hungry and searching for connection and meaning.

Krauthammer challenged us with intellectual rigor, curiosity, and clarity of thought. Always considerate, revealing insight into a cultural or political situation.

It’s clear Bourdain connected deeply with people who knew of him from television:

“On the passing of Anthony Bourdain...I do not have much room for many considered celebrities in America today. Too many are so clearly shallow, more concerned for image and popularity than intelligent thought and constructive conversation. Anthony Bourdain was a deep thinker with a vast amount of meaningful life experience. He was no saint. He smoked too much (of too many things), drank too much, was irreverent and cussed like a sailor. But he was concerned for the poor and cared about people and nations on the bottom of the pile. He was slow to judge and quick to understand. The kind of guy Jesus got ripped for hanging with. If I had the chance I would have loved to sit down to a meal with him and talk of life, love, justice and the possibility of redemption. He is gone, but I do have a number of friends who share many of his characteristics. Tony’s passing reminds me that I need to spend more time with my authentic but unrefined and unfinished friends...who take me as I am.”Jeff Ahlgrim

“Understand, when you eat meat, that something did die. You have an obligation to value it — not just the sirloin but also all those wonderful tough little bits.” — Anthony Bourdain

As of today, Charles Krauthammer hasn’t passed, but he announced his struggle with cancer was over and shared a simple note of gratitude and dignity for a life worth living:

“I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny.

I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”
—Charles Krauthammer

It doesn’t matter if a person is liberal or conservative, raw or refined, irreverent or respectful. We’re all human, none of us are perfect. Our imperfections make us authentic.

Our humanity reminds us that we are creations of a loving and just God. Some of us are aware of this truth, the rest are hungry and searching for this truth.

We should mourn the lost voices that make our world a richer place in which to live, regardless of who they are or what they believe.

Most of those who are hungry and searching won’t be coming to you or the church you attend.

Be courageous. Meet them at the well, the coffee shop, the bar, or where you work.

Share a meal. Ask questions. Listen more than you talk, and as the opportunity allows, share the story of redemption.


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