A quote from Mr. Stendal on religious pluralism”…What is the first thing that God asks when God comes to the oval office in the morning? Is it for a printout of the latest salvation statistics of the Christian churches? Or is it a question like: ‘Has there been any progress towards the Kingdom and, by the way, what has the role of the Christians been in that?’ Or is it totally an accident that in the very last vision on the very last pages of the Christian Bible there is, for us theologians, priests and ministers, that shocking statement: ‘And I saw no temple in that city.’ There is something rather striking about a religious tradition which envisions the consummation not as the cathedral of cathedrals, but as a city in which there was no temple.”
I love this statement because Mr. Stendal doesn’t talk about pearly gates or salvation. He talks about what we are doing today, now, to make this world we live in better. So, I will ask us all to remember that our work is here and now. If we can’t love one another, we need to ask ourselves why and then pray about it. Love equals peace, something sorely needed in our world now.
On a personal note, our packers just arrived. Yes, we are leaving beautiful Williamsburg, for the Atlantic shores of beautiful Florida. Oh gosh, we will miss the wonderful people we have met here. Such great friends. But I will write the next week from the Sunshine State. In the meantime, let us work very hard to love one another.
Shalom to the wonderful, amazing people we have loved here. We’ll leave the light on for ya.