[EDIT: Before posting this, I want to point out that when I posted about Tim Tebow yesterday I had missed that we had a commentary out on the same subject! Go there and click through to Mr. Wakefield’s commentary if you have not. Don’t miss it!]
I normally like to comment on my trips to Charlotte, but this one ended a bit differently since I flew into Columbus Friday and launched into a “regular” weekend without coming home first. (Actually, a “regular plus” weekend, since it involved playing volleyball Saturday night and the use of muscles which had otherwise collected their gold watch and retired.) Consequently, I am getting to my post-Charlotte-post a bit later than I planned.
It was a lovely trip, as usual! My thanks to the many of you out there praying continually for the Tomorrow’s World telecast–I appreciate it more than I can say. The first taping was titled “Your Incredible Future!” and offers our booklet Your Ultimate Destiny, and it went very well. I feel very passionately about the doctrine of man’s purpose and believe it really does have the potential to change lives, and I pray that people will request that booklet! The second taping was titled “Why Believe in God?” and offered The Real God: Proofs and Promises. This one I felt less comfortable about afterwards. I believe that the script and material I had was good, but I’m not entirely sure I really communicated it well. I cared so much about the topic and had done so much research, that I think my delivery fell a bit short of my hopes. I spoke with Mr. Ames the next day at lunch, and he made a comment or two that I really think will help me the next time I address this subject.
And yet hope springs eternal: The last time I felt this uncomfortable with one of my tapings was after “End Time Powers of the Middle East” which ended up producing a fantastic response from the audience and has become one of my favorites. In the end, it really is in God’s hands, after all!
The rest of my visit, before and after, was filled with reconnecting with the wonderful crew at headquarters and a few meetings. Tuesday, Mr. Meredith generously invited me to his weekly executive luncheon, as he often does with guests. Sitting there with Mr. Meredith, Mr. Ames, Dr. Winnail, Mr. Hernandez, Mr. Wakefield, and Dr. Germano as Mr. Meredith led the discussion of current events in the work and the Church and made decisions was a real treat. Mr. Meredith has shown symptoms of a bit of cold the day before (which he said was funny since he had just commented in his pre-fast video sermon about not having a cold in the last three years!) but was much better that day and ran the meeting like he always does. I had the chance to be in a meeting on Friday, as well, about Tomorrow’s World Special Presentation plans for 2012, in which Mr. Meredith wanted to share with some of us his goals and ideas for the next year’s campaigns. It was exciting to hear, and I appreciate the example he sets and the experience he brings having personally done so many live campaigns under Mr. Herbert W Armstrong.
I’ve said it before and will say it again: While Christ stubbornly refuses to run his Church with anything other than real, live human beings, what I see in Charlotte amongst those human beings He’s using is exactly what I pray that I would see — God’s government of love, both in structure and in attitude. These trips always encourage me in this way, and this one was no different. There are those out there who claim to practice “God’s government” when what they are doing, instead, is practicing carnal tyranny and self-glorification. Such individuals make a mockery of God’s real way of government and, in the end, bring misplaced disdain upon one of God’s gifts to His Church. Their fruit will be made more and more evident in its time, but until then I continue to be encouraged by what I see during my visits to Charlotte and the time I get to spend with the faithful folks who work there.
And so my thanks go out to those faithful folks! Thanks for making yet another trip a real pleasure and for setting such a great example! And thanks to the Tomorrow’s World crew for being so professional and for putting up with me for two more tapings! 🙂