"You said, what punishments of God are not gifts. Do you really believe that?"
That was a question from CNN's Anderson Cooper and an answer by late night talk show host Stephen Colbert during a most pleasantly shocking interview.
CNN anchors and network TV comedy personalities are not exactly known for their thoughtful treatment of Christianity ... but that's exactly what Colbert and Cooper provided.
Colbert conveyed his understanding of the communal nature of suffering and how it prepares us to better empathize with and provide ministry to others when they experience loss.
He also acknowledged our existence as a gift from God and that suffering is part of that gift. One is tempted to push him on the sanctity of life from conception to natural death given his affirmation.
But I'm happy to go slow here.
As William F. Buckley instructed, we have to leave room for people to come over to our side.
To paraphrase Tom Bodett, we'll leave the light on for Stephen Colbert.