I sometimes wonder if there are many people--simple people especially, poor people, suffering people--who are very close to Christ, who really do know Him and love Him in their hearts, even if they can’t express it, even if its a secret, even if its so secret that they themselves don't know it in a discursive, reflexive way. If they love God, it must be Jesus who is empowering that love and drawing it to Himself.
And I am not saying this as a way of saying, "in the controversy over which religion is true, my religion wins!" No! How silly! The point is not about a controversy between different positions or different cultures. It's about a fact: Jesus is God! He is the Lord of every heart. Wherever there is any good, He is at work.
How could it not be true? Jesus really is God--we must never forget this. This is not "our position"--this is a fact; the central fact of the whole universe and all of history and every person's actual life. Its really true. To affirm it is to recognize a fact. If He is really God then He is really at work, in every person, in every circumstance. Because He loves us. Really!
What a blessing it is to KNOW Him, to see His face! The God who my heart longs for, who I find a taste of in everything that is beautiful and good, that God has shown His face. To know Him means that He has said, to us, personally, "follow me!"