Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
Blessed Friends, I write of encouragement. This morning in Meeting for Worship (I went to late Meeting) I heard two speakers. One who spoke of individual determination and another who spoke of community. Categorizing the two philosophies I see one as darkness, the other light.
Emil Brunner said something like this, God calls us to Him individually but we are meant to be in communion. Brunner associates individualism with Rousseau and others of spiritual impoverishment including monism. I believe Allan Bloom in The Closing of the American Mind, wrote on it as well. The speaker of individual was reading from Friends Journal.
The other speaker related a personal experience, that of meeting with Anti-baptist, aka Amish, Mennonite, and asking the elders about their personal relationship with God. They told her they couldn't answer that question because they didn't think of a personal relationship with God but of the community's relationship with God. Her spirit was quickened by that answer. She went on to tell of reviewing the reading list for a Quaker retreat (I can't think of the correct word) she'll attend and being surprised to see included books from early Quakers who, like the Amish, had a community relationship with God. That quickened her spirit even more.
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord. He is working in their hearts.
I spoke to this woman after meeting, telling her I heard and appreciated her quickened spirit. I think it so important to acknowledge, encourage, and nurture someone's awakening to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I invited her to join me in preparing for Meeting for Worship a half-hour before Meeting. I'm not going to push it because the Lord tells me He's in control.
Off to a concert.
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