There is a modern orthodoxy that says no secular people actually believe in sin, guilt and shame. But on Saturday the UK newspaper The Guardian published the article ‘Would he disapprove of my single heathen lifestyle?’: me and my Syrian refugee lodger. Which as the title suggests, is about a single, non-religious, white, British lady named Jenny and a Syrian refugee that she took in named Yassir.
“I thought having Yasser to stay would be a kind of atonement for mistakes I have made in my life, but his presence has made me feel guilty. Guilty for what I have, for the easy life I lead, for complaining about trivial things.”