April 5; The Personal Touch Cannot Be Done By Remote Control
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Chapter Four: Relationships; 5 April

…not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing,

but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:25

The Personal Touch Cannot Be Done By Remote Control

In Real Life

A drive-in was an open-air parking lot with a movie screen at one end. Speakers on poles provided sound. Without leaving the car, a movie-goer and his family could watch a film.

Or hear a sermon.

Crystal Cathedral Los Angeles photo credit: Wattewyl

Crystal Cathedral
Los Angeles
photo credit: Wattewyl

Reverend Robert Schuller was the founder of The Chrystal Cathedral and related ministries in Garden Grove in Orange County, California. His early church was a drive-in theater.

The “congregation” got some entertain. But this is not perhaps quite what the writer of Hebrews was suggesting. Church goers were isolated in their cars.

Reverend Schuller brought us the mega-church where the lost souls can easily get lost in a crowd. Isolated?

Scripture is telling us something of the human condition. A physical presence is needed for deep relationships to develop. Hebrews tells us to meet together for eternal edification. But there are some earthly benefits too.

Compassion. We meet in person to encourage each other. When something is important real people show up in real life. A look; a touch; a closeness says, “I care.”

Cohesion. Being present in the moment can establish rapport, that first step in building trust among individuals and in a group. This is the affinity, indeed the love, which a group or a team, feel for one another.

Confidence. We can communicate our passions best after trust has been created. This is another definition of sales: the transference of emotion. Confidence is best done after we all have met face-to-face. Or what the Mafia would call a ‘sit-down’ that is done in person.

Can all this be done without actually meeting? Possibly.

Morton Blackwell, in number 22 of his 45 Laws for Public Policy Process, says, “Never miss a political meeting if you think there’s the slightest chance you’ll wish you’d been there.” And most business meetings have politics—office politics.

People must rub elbows with other people. Alone in a car or alone in a crowded cathedral is not being in community or communion with others.

Hebrews 10:25 says we should, …not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

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“In 2010, Crystal Cathedral Ministries filed for bankruptcy. Two years later Schuller stepped down from the church’s board,” from local reports. The property was purchased by the local Catholic Church.

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