Mrs. Heather Thalheimer-LLM Sermon - Jan. 29th, 2012
How To Love As God Intended
January 29, 2012
Good morning, brothers and sisters here in New York, and good morning, brothers and sisters all around the nation: in Alaska, in Florida, in California, in Nevada. Brothers and sisters all around the nation, thank you so much. I bring the love and greetings of True Parents back with me from Korea.
Our senior pastor, Reverend In Jin Moon, has asked me to share a bit of our experience in Korea together with our True Parents and bring the love of True Parents to you. I spent a week in Korea, and it gave new meaning to the Bible quote, “A day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as a day,” because you wouldn’t believe how much we packed into this incredible week! It was such a wonderful experience.
You know how it is when you have a great experience like reading an amazing book, or going to a movie or having a profound encounter together with brothers and sisters; you always feel like, “Oh, I wish so and so were here. I wish this person were here.” That’s how I felt sitt
ing in front of True Parents and going to all the awesome events that we have. I felt so deeply privileged to be there, and I was thinking, “I wish everybody were here.” So I hope I can give you a taste of the events that we had, and through this you can have that experience, too.
We did a lot. We celebrated the 45th God’s Day, the 29th Day of the Victory of Love, the lunar New Year, complete with a lantern-lighting ceremony, a parade and amazing events at Cheon Bok Gung. We had True Parents’ golden wedding and jubilee year celebration. We had True Father’s 93rd birthday and True Mother’s 70th gohui birthday celebration. Let’s give it up for our True Parents!
For any person, it is remarkable to live to 93, but I tell you, this man is more energetic, more committed, more everything than any of us. We can’t keep up with him. Hyung Jin Nim was so funny. He said, “I find it so hard to keep up with Father because of the incredible energy, passion and connection he feels with God. The purpose in his life gives him that kind of energy.” So I got re-energized. I’m actually a bit more than half of Father’s age, but I got so re-energized by his heart and his example.
I realized in being in Korea that we have an astonishing church and an astonishing movement. We’re not just a church, but a whole movement, and I want to share a bit about that with you this morning.
“We’re a Family Religion”
The other day somebody sent me one of those viral e-mails. This one had a link to a YouTube video featuring a young man who is a Christian rapper. His rap song was quite interesting. It was about, “Why I hate religion but love Jesus.” Maybe some of you have seen it. Some of you must have seen it because 16 million other people in the world have seen it.
It was interesting because he makes a valid point. He was attractive, fun and interesting, and his point was that religion has brought so much corruption into the world, and we don’t need religion, we just need that relationship with Jesus. This video made me think.
But then connected to that particular video was another video made by a Catholic priest. He was a little less young, a little less attractive, and he rapped. His rap was, “Why I love religion and I love Jesus.” I think this is interesting, and I’d like to put out a challenge to all you young Unificationists to make a YouTube response, too – maybe “Why I love Lovin’ Life and I love True Parents.”
It seriously made me think. I realized that, “Yes, we love Jesus, and we love True Parents, and we love God. But we don’t just love God and True Parents as an individual, but as a faith community, as a family.” We need religion because we need our faith community and because we don’t relate to God only as an individual. God’s first institution – the only institution made by God, because we made the rest – and the only institution that really matters, is the family. We’re a family religion. So we need a church, and we need our True Parents.
We talk about One Family Under God, but it has to become real. We are one family under God, and that’s what I experienced in Korea. I’m so grateful for that. We gathered together as brothers and sisters from all around the world. We could meet each other and make One Family Under God more than a slogan, because it is more than a slogan. It’s already our reality. It’s our relationship with God and our relationship with each other, and sometimes we have to get together because we need to be with each other.
We need to be with each other every Sunday. That’s why we come to Sunday service – because we’re a family. We’re not just individuals trying to connect to our beloved Heavenly Parent; we’re a family, and we need to experience that.
In this past week we experienced it on a global scale in Korea because we came together as brothers and sisters from all over the world. One thing I realized again is, “Yes, we’re a little bit different.” It’s so great. Every nation has its own culture, its own flavor. We were in Korea representing America, but I met brothers and sisters from all over the world.
And what’s a family without parents? The essence of family means that you have to have parents. We value our True Parents because we can’t have family without parents. This whole celebration highlighted the life and work of True Parents and what we can do together with them.
We need to save the world, but can an individual save the world? An individual alone can’t connect to God in all possible dimensions; an individual, no matter how great he or she is, cannot save the world. The messiah alone cannot save the world, and that’s the reason Jesus had to go to the way of the cross. He couldn’t save the world alone; he needed the people of Israel to unite with him. He needed the world to unite with him. At this time True Parents need us to unite and connect with them, and together we can save the world.
And how do we save the world? Why do we need True Parents? What do parents in a family do? They teach our family how to love. And we need to learn how to love. We need to learn what love is, love as God intended.
BlessedLIFE Ministry: “Love as God Intended”
In this quarter we’re unveiling the “BlessedLIFE Ministry.” And do you know what the tagline of the BlessedLIFE Ministry is? It’s so awesome. “Love as God Intended.” We need the Blessing, but what is Blessed life? What is Blessed marriage? Blessed marriage is unique to our church because it is love as God intended, not as Hollywood intended, not as a particular culture intended. We certainly don’t want love as the Brits intended. We want love as God intended. This is why we need the Blessing, why we need Blessed life, and why we need the Blessed Life Ministry.
I want to invite you to check out the BlessedLIFE Ministry. After service today, ask your local pastor, “Tell me about BlessedLIFE and how I can connect with our Blessed Life Ministry.” One aspect of the BlessedLIFE Ministry that we’re advertising in this particular quarter is the Couples Check-up, because we’re not satisfied with the relationships we have and we always want to improve them. In this particular quarter we’re providing for all couples a Couples Check-up. It’s a survey that you take – and I encourage everyone to do this. I even encouraged and made my husband do it. It was so good. Taking this survey can help you understand both the strengths you have in your relationship, and also the gaps and the weaknesses, because everybody can improve.
The Couples Check-up has all these different categories for you to examine together. One of them, of course, is money, because that’s often what couples fight about. In my couple, my husband is always wondering why I spend so much money. He’s a Yankee and in my opinion he kind of underspends. This Couples Check-up is great because it gives you an opportunity to talk about things that matter and how to connect more deeply in your relationship. It supports our dialogue together because that is so important for creating love as God intended.
“Every Generation Needs True Parents”
As you know, parents are important in a family because we learn from parents. We learn how to love. And more importantly than anything else, we don’t learn necessarily by just the words they speak but by the example. I’m sure all you young people here today want to see the example from your parents. You don’t want just to hear them speak, but you want to see them live, and live the example. This is why we need our True Parents – because we need to have the particular example that they offer.
This is why True Parents are important to every generation. Sometimes I hear people say, “Well, you know, True Parents are very important to first-generation Unificationists. But will the tenth-generation need our True Parents?” Absolutely. Because True Parents come as the center of the family.
That family is an eternal family, which is why we always need our True Parents and every generation needs True Parents. They teach us about love as God intended.
Also, when we were together with our True Parents in Korea, especially on the Day of Victory of Love, we experienced the seriousness that our True Parents have. We went deep into Father’s heart. He spoke with us for many hours. He trusted us and shared with us his deep heart from which he and also True Mother have had to give in the process of restoration. We want to be together with them in that same deep heart.
During the course of the week we saw some beautiful videos celebrating Mother’s life up to this year’s 70th birthday. But you can’t understand about True Parents if you just look at their lives externally. You have to look deep inside their lives. You have to look with your spiritual eyes.
For those of you who are new here today – and I see some new faces in our congregation, welcome to Lovin’ Life. Yes. Welcome. I encourage you to read Father’s autobiography because it gives you insight into the way he’s lived, what’s important to our True Parents, and the example of how they are trying to reach and impact the world. All of us want to make a difference, but how do you do that? In the autobiography Father shares his deep heart about how he’s going to change the world.
If you look at people’s lives just on the external level of what they’re doing, what they’re wearing, and how they look externally, you may not understand them. You have to look with spiritual eyes. I want to ask you to look at True Parents with spiritual eyes. They’re more concerned about God and humanity than anything else.
Celebrating Who We Are
On the Day of the Victory of Love, our True Parents shared about the course that they’ve gone, even many times sacrificing their own children. Every parent in the room knows what it feels like to sacrifice your own children just even a little bit. But imagine you do that every day, all the time, to an extreme degree. That is the level of love and heart that they have for the world, and they’ve tried to invest in the world.
So at the Day of the Victory of Love speech he trusted us with his deepest heart, sharing the difficult course that not only he but also his family has gone. Some of you young Unificationists may have experienced your parents going off to the mission field. I see some nods in the audience. And you know what that felt like. But how much more have True Parents put themselves out there and have their children put themselves out there?
So at Father’s speech on the Day of the Victory of Love, we all recommitted ourselves to stand together with our True Parents and bring victory in 2012. Can we do that? Yes, we can. We can.
After that particular event and speech, we went into Seoul and had a humongous parade. If you ever been to a parade like a Thanksgiving Day parade, you know that it’s so much fun. We had a parade celebrating our True Parents and their birthday, and we had pride as Unificationists as we marched down the street. We’re going to be posting some great photos on our website, so I encourage you to go there and see what this parade was like. It was led by Hyung Jin Nim and Kook Jin Nim and other True Children. Sun Jin Nim was there, and it was just a wonderful celebration of who we are.
We have to celebrate who we are as a church family because what we have to offer the world is so incredible. But if we don’t get out there and share it, nobody will ever know about it. So this parade was great. There were heart-shaped balloons that looked like doves, which were released into the sky. There were floats depicting our faith and who we are, and we marched together as family. So we need to have a Pride Day parade here in America, too. It was so much fun.
Atheism vs. Theism
The next thing we celebrated was the CARP World Convention. There again I was like, “Oh my gosh, I wish all of GPA, the Generation Peace Academy, was here.” I wish all of our young people could have been there because it was so phenomenal. We had a keynote speech from Hyung Jin Nim, who came together with this wife, Yeon Ah Nim, and they both were wearing jogging suits. So I knew it was going to be a little bit different. Then they came on the stage and were offered flowers, as is our heavenly tradition.
Then do you know what he did? He took the flowers, he walked to the front of the stage, and he goes – whoosh. He threw the flowers out into the audience. Then he took the other bouquet from Yeon Ah Nim and threw it out into the audience, and everybody went wild. Then he started running. He started jogging in a figure 8. He said, “You know what? Today in my presentation nobody is going to sleep.” He said, “I’m going to jog, and guess what? You’re going to jog. Everybody stand up.” So, we all stood up and started jogging in place. And we jogged for one hour and 12 minutes.
I perfected the art of looking like I was jogging when I wasn’t. You do the moves but you’re not really jogging, because if I really jogged, it would have been all over. So anyway, it taught me we have to get into training. Hyung Jin Nim is so good because he’s so serious about spiritual training and what we have to do in our lives to become the people that we want to be. He wants us to be internally excellent and externally excellent, which is why we have to work out.
It was an awesome, attention-grabbing approach that made sure everyone was totally engaged. And he wore the most awesome tracksuit. You want to see what it looked like? I have one with me here today. It was like this. I just hope you can buy these online from Korea because I know everyone’s going to want one. It has characters on it. On one side is the character for True Father, and on the other side is the character for True Mother – because we need True Parents, we want True Parents to be there with us.
And then, on top of the hoodie: Look at this. On the back he’s put all these characters. These stand for sincerity, devotion, love, filial piety, attendance or service, courage, faith, and eternity. Imagine!
Hyung Jin Nim said that when he went to North Korea (which we know is a communist country that doesn’t permit people to go out and witness on the street) he wore this hoodie, just like at school maybe or wherever you are, he felt that he was wrapped in God’s love and that he could embody these values. If we embody these values, we are witnessing, right? People know who we are, and we can naturally testify to God and who God is in our lives. He loves wearing this hoodie because it reminds him about what matters: what matters to God and what matters to ourselves. The whole atmosphere was just outstanding.
So here he was, jogging up front, and then he started jogging around the room. He started talking about, interestingly enough, atheism. And he asked all the young people in the room, “Who here wonders whether God exists? Okay, let’s ask. Who here wonders about whether God exists? Oh, come on, I know you do, yes. You’re not alone.”
About two-thirds of the people in the audience said they had had that question in their lives. That’s a great question to have, because if we don’t solve that question, we can’t move on in our life of faith. We get stuck. And the trouble is, when we get stuck with a question in our life of faith, we know what the tendency is. We go; we walk away because we can’t answer the question. So Hyung Jin Nim said we have to fight for the answer, and he explained why it matters.
In this particular presentation he was talking to young people, but I talked to him personally about this issue, and he said, for parents, we know what our challenge is. We’re so invested in supporting our children’s life of faith, we just want to ram Divine Principle down their throat. Who here has felt their parents trying to ram Divine Principle down their throats? Oh, I see a lot of hands, and I’m one of those parents. Am I bad?
But Hyung Jin Nim said that we cannot teach Divine Principle until the student has solved the question “Does God exist?” So young people, your number one task is to figure out “Does God exist?” Because once you’ve figured that out, suddenly everything changes. The whole equation changes. Everything changes because then the question is “Well, what is God like?” So instead of starting with Divine Principle at the beginning and ramming it down people’s throats, how about asking the question “Does God exist?” And if God exists, then the natural question is “What is God like?”
But then you still don’t ram the Divine Principle down people’s throats. Hyung Jin Nim said, “We should use comparative religion to look at the question ‘What is God like?’ Let’s study Christianity. What does Christianity say about that? What does Islam say about that? What does the Jewish faith say about that? What does Unificationism say about that? And the Unification explanation of the existence of God and the nature of God is so profound and deep. I encourage you to study Unification Thought, too. Read this, study this, explore this.” So he encouraged us in that way.
Once you’ve done that, then: “Hey, what else does the Divine Principle say? Because if it was deep on this point, I’m sure it’s deep on other points, too.” So all of a sudden you’re engaging in the Divine Principle, in our teachings, in a very natural way. This was his guidance to us, and he was so entertaining. He went around the audience, and he was asking people, “So why do you think God exists? What proof do you have that God exists?”
One young lady said, “I know that God exists because I have so much love in my family and love between myself and my friends.” And he said, “That’s nice. I met people in North Korea, too, who had loving families. Actually you need more. You need more of an understanding about why does God exist.” So, one of the activities in the CARP convention was a debate between atheism and theism because how we think matters.
You can be so proud. I want to go shout out to LA and the young man, Philip Takhar, from LA who represented the USA. Unfortunately for us, he was defending atheism, but someone had to do it. He had a great presentation. He is a phenomenal presenter. He was – honestly – well, I’m biased. No, I’m not biased. He was the best. He’s very engaging. I would love to see this guy teach because he knows how to engage an audience.
So they had an amazing debate between theism and atheism, and they brought up intelligent design. Did you know that Jonathan Wells – he’s a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute where they study intelligent design – is our brother? He’s a Unificationist. They had a remarkable dialogue about does God exist, and if God exists, then what is God like? The CARP convention was just so incredible, and I encourage you to read more about it.
World Leaders Convention
Also we had the World Leaders Convention, so we met brothers and sisters from all around the world. Again, we’re one family under God. And we got to know each other. It was so beautiful. I met brothers and sisters from Mauritius. I love the island nation of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean because I used to live there, and the missionary was so excited to meet me. Her name is Jessica. She’s done outstanding work. She showed me pictures of herself sharing Father’s autobiography with the mayor of Port Louis and the governor, and many other important people.
There are only four blessed families on the island. It’s a tiny island nation, and Jessica is very much alone. But I was so impressed with her determination and dedication, just getting out there and sharing the breaking news. She told me something very interesting. She said, “I have a little bit of difficulty because I’m just not a presenter. I don’t know how to teach Divine Principle. Do you know anyone who could come to Mauritius for a week and teach the Divine Principle?” I thought, “Oh my gosh, vacation here I come!”
So I want to put this out there to you if you love teaching the Divine Principle and you’re good at it. She said, however, that she especially hopes it could be a young person. I guess I’m not qualified. But for a young person, if you have the resources to get yourself to Mauritius, I invite you to contact the missionary from Mauritius and share your talent. We’re brothers and sisters. We’re a global family. We need to help each other.
I also spent time with the missionary from China, and you ought to understand his heart – what it feels like to live in China and be a Unificationist, and how he is able to express his faith in that scenario. We are brothers and sisters. We’re living in America, but he’s in China, and we have to help each other, love each other. We have to understand each other. So it was such a profound and rich experience.
Then we met the kids from Moscow. Oh, my gosh! These are cute little kids, second-generation. They won second prize in the talent competition. They’ve been practicing for three years. They range between 6 and 12 years old. They were all blonde and blue-eyed, and they paraded before our True Parents, showing the diversity and beauty of our global family. They just stole everyone’s heart. This is our global family of which we can be proud. So let’s give it up for brothers and sisters all around the world!
Sharing Practices amongst Nations
We also shared at the conference about best practices. We were able to give a presentation about Lovin’ Life in America. People were so inspired, intrigued, interested, and wanting to share resources. We had presentations from other countries. In Asia they have the challenge to read the one-hour Divine Principle lecture 100 times, and many people – kids and adults – are challenging that. This is so good because sometimes we see the Divine Principle and we feel like, “Oh, been there, done that, read that.”
Actually, in this challenge they have in Asia, the attitude is: “How could I read it again and find what’s new?” The astonishing thing about any spiritual teaching is that it’s always new because it’s informed by your life experience. It’s not just words on a page; it’s God’s word embedded in that page for you to discover, to be revealed to you. So if I read the Divine Principle a year ago or two years ago and I read it today, I get something else because I’ve grown, I’ve matured, I’ve learned something new. In that way I discover something new about the Divine Principle.
I offer that challenge to you. Read the Divine Principle again and discover what it says to you today, in 2012. Sharing our best practices at the world level, we can all learn from each other. It was a marvelous experience of richness, discovering what everyone’s doing and at the same time helping each other. From the USA, we were able to bring three humongous suitcases full of binders showing our best practices. Customs was like, “What is this?!”
I just want to thank all the brothers and sisters who contributed to the development of Lovin’ Life around our nation because we can be a shining light to the world. And a special thanks to the brothers and sisters who put those binders together. So let’s give it up to Generation Peace Academy!
You don’t know how much brothers and sisters in other nations appreciated receiving those binders because we put “Snapshot” in each binder. “Snapshot” is our booklet that explains who we are as a church and what we believe. This is so useful for them because they may not even have a graphics department or all of the resources that we have, but they can benefit from it, especially if they’re an English-speaking nation. We can share the work we do here, and others can benefit. They can share the work they do and we can benefit because we’re a global family.
Rev. Cotter co-presented, which was great because we were a man-woman team presenting together. He and I were there together as part of the Lovin’ Life team. Together on the team we also had Women’s Federation for World Peace, represented by the president, Mrs. Angelika Selle. Lots of people came up to us afterwards, and so many people shared with us. It was inspiring for them to see all of our various activities and organizations working together because we are a global family. We’re a team, and we very much went as a team modeling the church working with WFWP and with UPF. We were very clear about that.
I also have got to thank Kevin Yoon, special assistant to our senior pastor, and Winston Seo, because they took such good care of us. I felt so loved by them. Sometimes we talk about attendance, as in attendance to our True Parents. But in addition we have to attend each other, and they truly did attend, support, and love us. I felt that we are so lucky to have this outstanding team here in America and to be part of that.
Foundation Day: “We Need the Messiah”
At the World Leaders Conference, they also talked about the meaning of Foundation Day. I’m going to get an article up on the website about that so we can explore it more deeply together. Does anybody know when Foundation Day is? Do you know how many days away it is? 390. So we’ve got 390 days in which to prepare for Foundation Day, a day when we want to begin the world anew.
The world has seen so much suffering in the past, but True Parents are trying to create love as God intended and begin the world anew. I want to read a bit from Kook Jin Nim’s speech about Foundation Day. He said, “As we approach the next year, 2013, which our True Father has declared to be a year of spiritual significance, we have seen many things that our True Parents have declared that start to make sense.”
You know how sometimes things happen and you wonder, “Why did that happen? Why did we do that?” Did you ever ask that? I have, and so too, has Hyung Jin Nim. He was saying in one of his presentations that only now is he beginning to understand what Father was talking about in 2005 about the Asia-Pacific era. Hyung Jin Nim was reminding us that we need to be constantly learning, discovering, and knowing because all these things are leading up to Foundation Day and the spiritual significance of this time.
We also see now more than ever that the world needs God. In times like this, more than in any other time, we need the messiah. Yes, we need the messiah. We need somebody to lead us and show us what we must do to find the solutions to the very troubling and complex problems we are facing in the world. Our True Parents have fought for God’s will, and they continue to fight for God’s will. They’ve fought for freedom and fought to bring God’s blessing to the world. Even today, our True Father and Mother fight for this very purpose. This is Kook Jin Nim’s words.
Just the other day, True Father led a hoondokhwe for 15 hours. Fifteen hours. Nobody can keep up with him. But do you know the reason he can do that when he’s 93 years old? You don’t think he experiences pain, that his legs don’t hurt when he’s standing for 15 hours? I couldn’t even jog for an hour and 12 minutes. I need training.
He feels that pain, but because he’s so connected to the heart of God and to the purpose that God has at this time, he has the energy, the stamina, the determination, and the love to live like that. And that’s what he’s inviting us to become, to become people who can live like that.
A Gift Worth Giving to True Parents
Do you know the best birthday gift we can give our True Parents? Of course, many beautiful gifts were offered to them, and True Parents loved the gift from America. It was a huge picture – I guess America always does bigger and better – of the Grand Canyon with an eagle naturally imaged in the stone. It was such a beautiful gift.
But what kind of gift can each one of us give personally to our True Parents? The gift that we can give them is to dedicate ourselves to realizing God’s Will because that is the gift they want. That’s the gift they would love. That’s the gift that would actually bring them the most hope, love, and encouragement because they don’t want something to put in a museum. They want their sons and daughters to be dedicated with the same kind of heart and spirit that they have. That’s what they really care about.
They want us to create lives with a shared concern, love, and commitment together with them. We need to learn how to love as God intended. We need to learn how to love each other, True Parents, True Family, and humankind. Then God will feel comfortable. He will be able to come down and dwell.
You know, sometimes people say, “Why isn’t God more evident?” But actually, can God come down? God can come down and feel comfortable when we value the same things that God values, when our way of life is the same way of life that God has, when our love is like God’s love. This is the gift that we can prepare for our True Parents, and that’s how to liberate God and True Parents.
The motto for this year is: The Era of the Complete Victorious Liberation of the True Parents of Heaven, Earth, and Humankind. Now suddenly this motto comes alive because we know what we have to do. We want to liberate God and True Parents by becoming one with them, by sharing the same concerns with them, by doing the will of God and being together with them as one family under God.
What other church thinks about such huge things? This is why you have to join Lovin’ Life, our church, because we think about such beautiful and huge things. We don’t want only True Parents to live a life of high dimension; we want to live a life of high dimension ourselves. So I encourage you, all of you young people, to think about what kind of YouTube video you could make that could express that. This is why we’re a church family – because we need True Parents. We need to learn from our True Parents, and we can’t do it alone. We need to learn from our brothers and sisters, and we need to learn from True Children.
Learning from the True Children
It was so beautiful to be in Korea, especially with all the True Children who were able to gather there. In being with Hyung Jin Nim, we could learn Hyung Jin Nim’s heart and gain a better understanding of how he thinks and how he expresses his faith. Then I need to think, “What can I learn from that? What can I inherit from that?”
Then also we could learn from Kook Jin Nim, who is so different. Sometimes people think he’s not so religious. That man is deeply religious. I love him because he’s so understated, asking simply, “How are you doing?” He’s so understated, but actually he’s so committed, and he loves business. He loves business because religious people should love business.
There’s a field of theology called missiology. In this particular field of theology, instead of looking at a religious leader with a focus on what that religious leader has written and the theology associated with him or her, the focus is on the broader context of the man or the woman. The focus is on the mission and the mandate he or she came with. Altogether, missiology focuses on seven ‘m’s: the mission, the mandate, et cetera.
Do you know what the seventh ‘m’ is? I love it. It’s money. Sometimes people say, “You’re religious? How can you care about money?” Actually, if you’re deeply religious, you have to care about money because money enables you to do stuff. So I want to give it up for all the brothers and sisters who work in church businesses. Thank you.
Our elder brother Kook Jin Nim is so serious about making money because he knows that when we have the resources, we can reach the world. Father often talks about feeding the world. We have to feed the world. Every moment, even while I’ve been standing here and you’ve been here, people have died of starvation. That’s wrong. But solving that problem requires money. This is why business matters. We want to do business for God. So I appreciate Kook Jin Nim. I appreciate all of the True Children because they all bring something so unique and so awesome to the table. By connecting in heart with them, I can understand our True Parents more.
In Jin Nim brings so much grace, beauty and culture. With In Jin Nim leading us, we are redefining what it means to be a church and how to have joy. We’re meant to love life, right? Don’t you love life now? This is why I want to be a member of Lovin’ Life. I want to be a member of Lovin’ Life because I want to be in relationship with others who can help me grow. I want to be in relationship with True Parents because I can inherit from them. I want to be in relationship with True Children. I want to be in relationship with the True Family, and with my true family of brothers and sisters here.
“Everyone Has to Be a Messiah”
As you know, we no longer just witness to individuals. We witness to families, and sharing the breaking news has never, ever been easier. Can you say that with me? Sharing the breaking news has never been easier, because look at all the amazing stuff we have through Lovin’ Life.
I have to give our congratulations to Jhon and Marina Acevedo, who received a beautiful award from the Heaven and Earth Training Center in Korea for success in witnessing. They brought 14 spiritual children in 2011, and they have helped our church to grow. They have shown us that sharing our faith has never, ever been easier. Let’s give it up for Jhon and Marina Acevedo.
Actually all of us can do that. Lovin’ Life. Listen to this sentence; this is important: Loving life makes tribal messiahship easy. You may not understand what tribal messiahship means because Reverend and Mrs. Moon tell us that they are the messiah. They are the people who’ve come with the mission to love the world as God loves and to save this world – to bring the marriage blessing that can connect all humankind to God’s lineage, to enable them to become part of God’s family. That is the mission of the messiah.
But do you know what they say to each one of us? They say to us, “Each one of you has to be a messiah.” I have to be a messiah. You have to be a messiah. Everyone has to be a messiah. We need to be a messiah in our community.”
I don’t know about you but sometimes I’ve felt just a little bit overwhelmed by that mandate, talking about missiology and my mandate. Yes, I have felt a little bit overwhelmed. But now I don’t feel overwhelmed. Lovin’ Life makes tribal messiahship so easy because we have something great to bring people to. We have an incredible Sunday sermon. We have incredible music. We have incredible culture – the culture of heart.
Since we’ve had Lovin’ Life in America, through our senior pastor we’re understanding the culture of heart of our True Parents. We have small groups in which you can become close with others. We have a ballroom dance ministry in which you can have fun and experience beautiful, pure relationships as brothers and sisters. We have so much at Lovin’ Life, and so I’m so grateful to our senior pastor, Reverend In Jin Moon, so grateful. I love my church.
So it’s just 390 days to Foundation Day, and that represents the day when the world can begin anew. So let’s prepare, and most importantly, let’s get other people in on this. On Foundation Day do you just want to celebrate together as our family, or do you want the big, big huge family that we can have together on Foundation Day in 2013? Let’s bring others in on this. Let’s share our faith. Let’s share the breaking news and the excitement and what we can create together.
Let’s work together, and finally, let’s surprise God and True Parents with what we can do. Can we do that? Let’s surprise God and True Parents with what we can do.
I just wanted to bring a taste of what we experienced together with our True Parents back to America. I want to extend their beautiful, profound love, and the love and support of True Children to you. I just want to say, have a wonderful week. Thank you so much, and God bless you.