Broadmeadow United Methodist Church, Jackson, MS. Photo taken by Quiet Bubble on 17 February 2008.
“Christians cannot speak of Christ as exclusive, but perhaps we can speak of commitment as exclusive. While we can recognize both the truth of other glimpses of the Divine and the power of other communities of faith, we cannot be seriously committed to multiple centers, as much as we may appreciate them. The language of faith is the language of affection, of affirmation and commitment. It is, as we have seen, the language of mahatmya, of untrammeled praise. It is, as Bishop Krister Stendahl puts it, ‘love language,’ analogous to the language we use when we say to someone we love, ‘You’re the only one in the world for me.’ It does not mean, ‘I have systematically surveyed everyone in the world and have chosen you.’ It means, simply and powerfully, ‘I love you.’ Faith requires the cherishing and deepening of commitment that is fundamental to any relationship. And the language of faith is the language of love, not of judgment.”
—Diana L. Eck, Encountering God: A Spiritual Journey from Bozeman to Banaras