Letter to the Park Church
Dear Park Church
I seek God uncharted. It is not a God conceived by prior people nor one decreed by institutional doctrine – It is a living God, as unique as it is limitless.
It is the fragrance of myrtle and it is the sun on my flesh. But It is more than a passive spirit – It is a mysterious essence which moves, lifts, and brings abundance; It is more real than the earth we stand on.
When you realize God, Life becomes everlasting and you become a seeker of Life, fearless of “consequences” and indifferent to conventional wisdom, because you know, deep down, that Christ is with you and within you.
If you are curious to taste the Mystical Body, plunge into your fears. Walk into the void and you’ll discover that the angels walk with you.
The difficult part is trying to explain this sensation which cannot be rationalized by human means. It is beyond science and beyond logic. Paul, too, couldn’t rationalize it; “We walk by faith, not by sight. ”
Park Church~! Blossom your mustard seed. You will bear fruit! You are a body of many faiths and practices and diverse goals and hopes. Hold strong and step into the unknown with hearts open.
Christianity is the togetherness of your many faiths. It is not Jesus versus Krishna; it is Jesus and Krishna.
Christianity is the height of your best hospitality. It is not requiring your guest to follow your customs; it is letting your guest perform their customs in your home.
Christianity is the refusal to accept injustice. It is not passively subordinating yourself to a corrupt system; it is actively liberating yourself and others from that system. You will break the law because you know it is corrupt – it is called Civil Disobedience and it is a Christian act.
Christianity is self-sacrifice for the sake of those who have less. It is not “I need to help myself first in order to help you”; it is “I will help you before I worry about me”.
Park Church, it has been an honor and a blessing to be part of your communion. In contributing to you, I have discovered myself. Let others play with you, let others beat you up, let others take from you and give you back, let others sing praise for you and others burn you out and build you up. Let others nourish you and others be fed by you. Let others misplace you and others find you again.
I leave you with an excerpt from Life’s most sacred sermon:
Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer them your other cheek as well. If anyone steals your coat, do not even withhold your shirt. Give to everyone who begs and ask for nothing in return.
If you love those who love you, what credit is that for you? If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you?
Do not judge and you will not be judged; do not condemn and you will not be condemned; Forgive and you will be forgiven; Give and it shall be given to you.