This week, I had a chance to be a part of the Global Faith Forum at Northwood Church in Keller Texas. The Premise: To see if Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Atheist, Agnostics, and every other form of faith could come around the table and find some commonality.
I was invited to go participate back in February 2013, and I've been looking forward to this event ever since. I'm finding it extremely compelling to share faith with people of other faiths without any agenda. NO SALVATIONS. NO CONDEMNATION. NO JUDGEMENT. Just a few hundred people would attend interested in learning the ins and outs of the other.
Ther premise was to learn how to Love God with all our heart, mind, and soul, and to love your neighbor as yourself. So with those two important foundational rules, it was no holds barred.
We talked with the Iranian Ayatolla Dr. Ahmed Irivani.
We share with Muslim Clerics in Dallas.
We talked with fellow Christians from around the world.
And we were honest.
What a breathe of fresh air to eliminate that desire for protection when you can just "Be" who you are without fear, guilt, shame, or agenda. I learned so much about Iran and the way the Mullahs are working today. We talked at length about Youth in the Middle East and what role faith plays.
Of Course, I talked of Jesus and my desire that all mankind would adopt Jesus' message of life and life more abundantly, the message of God's central theme of Love to all people, and the message of New Kingdom He came to develop here on earth.
I felt like I was sitting at the top of the game. The World Series, The Super Bowl, The World Championship, none of those are on my radar for actually participating in my life time. But this...This was my World Series. It was a dream I've had for a long time to meet such interesting people dealing with global faith issues, and the folks at the Global Faith Forum didn't disappoint.
Thank you all for your hospitality, your kindness, and your willingness to step out of the box, and FINALLY to get people together who care so much for their faith, the world around them, and the greatest commandment, "Love the Lord your God with All your heart, soul and mind. And the Second is like it, Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments."
You guys showed the world what it means to follow Jesus in REAL TIME. Thank you.