UPDATE: Nov 2018
Point Pleasant Community Baptist Church:
A Light of Faith, Hope, and Love
Point Pleasant Community Baptist Church seeks to be Christ’s hands, heart, voice, feet, and mind, reaching
out in God’s Spirit and energy to offer God’s love to this community. PPCBC will be a resource for meeting
this community’s spiritual needs. We will be open and welcoming to everyone, offering support,
healing resources, and referrals. We will offer various forms and times for prayer and worship,
community fellowship, and educational opportunities.
Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way if they get angry they will be a mile away and barefoot. (anonymous)
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view- until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. (Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird)
When I was in high school we had “debate” class. I remember being called in front of the class and being given an index card with my assignment. I had two minutes to make a case for some issue. It didn’t matter what my opinion was. I was given no time to prepare. I had to argue whatever I had been assigned. We were given all kind of topics. It could have been that I had to argue that ice cream is the healthiest food. Or I could have had to argue that ice cream is the worst food for health. We moved on to more difficult topics. I remember discussions on capital punishment, euthanasia, the use of violence in parenting (is spanking allowed?)
I now see this class as an important fundamental lesson and a necessary life skill. While I believe that no one can really understand something from another’s perspective, I do know that after I had a baby I was much more empathetic towards my mother. No one has exactly the same history, experiences, or memories. Closing your eyes for a whole day doesn’t mean that you know what a blind person feels! It may give you a better perspective, but it really is NOT the same. You always know that you can open your eyes!
When Jesus taught us to love our enemies, and to be careful to not judge the speck in another person’s eyes while ignoring the log in our own, I think he was pointing to this skill. Of not being so arrogant that we claim to know exactly what the other person is experiencing or thinking. Of not being so arrogant that we think only our own perspective could be right. To realize these truths prepares us to listen sincerely to another person, to respect their experiences, and to broaden our own perspective. We really do need to listen to one another to come the closest to truth.
I think some lessons on civil conversations could be really helpful right now.