May 23, 2005 by Isaac Hovet
Sometimes I am known the way that I want to be (and feel like I should be). Today I have received some affirmation and I would like to share it with all of you:
An email from a person that attends the Bridge:
I came across this quote that very much reminds me of what I think you two might be trying to accomplish with The Bridge.
“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest–a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
~ Albert Einstein
Once again I’d like to say that I am really glad to see that there are people out there that are moving towards creating connections across the boundaries that we typically use to separate ourselves. In this endeavor you are doing a great job of creating an opportunity for learning to happen. I wish you both all the best in your journey and really look forward to walking it with you. Until next time… take care of you and yours.
An email from a mentor of mine:
Isaac, I am more and more convinced that almost everyone we meet is on a spiritual journey, is specifically seeking an intimacy with God that even they cannot verbalize very well. But the more you talk with people, and, more importantly, listen to people and hear what they long for, what they really want for their lives and the lives of their children, the more we will discover that people are not far from what they seek. Perhaps our job is to remove the obstacles that tend to obscure the view of God that God Himself has provided. Obstacles such as religious jargon, religious obligation, religious elitism….. maybe the main obstacle to remove is religion. But not the religion that James says is pure, but the religion that we have propped up and shown people and said, “here it is. This is Christianity. Take it or leave it.”
Then again, maybe not.
I don’t know. I ramble. But these sorts of things keep my brain going and cause me to wonder where the Church is going, where we’ll be in 10, 20, 50 years. Will we be any closer to ‘winning the lost’ than we are today? You see, just that term, ‘winning the lost’ has an ingredient of elitism, Christian snobbery, in it. And it is that uppity attitude that keeps us at arm’s length from people Jesus loves desperately.
Keep it up Isaac, you’re on the right track. I know it.
A comment from Barbara in California
You are a great thinker and well balanced person to boot. You have helped me have respect more respect for Christans, and realizing that not all right wingers who are out to use their own religion to justify their own ends. Thank you for the enlightment.
Wow. Thanks for the encouragment. Each of you have challenged and grown me so much. I respect you all so much.