O’ Happy Day all. It was requested earlier this week by Heather and Puddintain to maybe have a regular Ravi ‘day’ on the porch. Daisy and I love Ravi (no kidding huh) and thought it was a great idea. So, even though we’ll be posting some favorite videos from Ravi on Saturdays for the foreseeable future, it’s s till an open porch day, for folks to hang out, and share whatever they feel like sharing~ with no pressure to watch our selected discussions, sermons or Q&A videos.
For today, I’d like to post the first visit Ravi made, among much controversy to the Mormon Tabernacle in Utah back in 2004. I remember scratching my head too when I found out he was going to be there speaking. I was fairly new on the computer back then, and only had dial up, so understandably I didn’t watch much you tube or any other video type stuff. It was just too hard to stream it. Since the talk wasn’t aired on the radio, I never did hear it until years later on you tube. And by that time, I understood Ravi’s passion and respect so much for others, even among what most Bible believing Christians call either heretical or cults. That’s a discussion for another time, but suffice to say, Mormon’s weren’t exactly thrilled either at the thought of being over run with ‘evangelicals’. But Ravi always had a way of bridging the gaps between beliefs and ideologies as he did with gender, age and culture. He did it in such a style of Jesus- which many of us fall so short of the mark- through love, compassion, and deep respect for the individual, made in God’s image regardless of their belief or ideologies.
And such as it was with his agreeing to speak at the Mormon Tabernacle. I gained a ton more respect for him for doing this because even through such grace and love, he never shied away from the Truth that is Jesus- God’s Only Begotten Son, who came the first time in the flesh, Emmanuel, God with us, to save the world through His perfect, sinless, spotless sacrifice on the cross.
One more interesting note. DL Moody also spoke at the Tabernacle in 1899 during a similar Evangelical/Protestant service, no doubt just as controversial as when Ravi spoke there the first time.
Here’s Ravi. I’ve started this nearly 30 minutes in, to save some time for folks because it is a long one.
It’s probably going to be a wet weekend here, but we’re now into our rainy season 🙂 I hope folks everywhere have a blessed and beauty day!