Note: In January 2011 my wife and I went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This post is part of a series of blogs I have written to convey what I learned while on this life changing trip. You can read about the entire trip in the devotional book Touching the Footprints of Jesus.
There was one exception to our guide’s lack of spirituality, when we entered Jerusalem for the first time on our journey. We drove to the top of Mt. Scopus and stood on the hillside overlooking the city. Our guide put on his yarmulke and gave us a traditional Jewish toast to Jerusalem that even included a little prayer in Hebrew. It was a special moment and I sensed our guide was sincere in his prayer. It was the only time that our guide had a spiritual moment during our entire trip.
Though I was disappointed that our guide missed most of the spiritual connections that emanate from the Holy Land, as I have reflected back on the experience it occurs to me that he was not that much different from many Christians who only show up at church for Easter and Christmas services. They come get a little taste of spirituality and then go back on their way thinking they have done their religious duty. When Christians do that, they are just like our tour guide, having a spiritual moment when it is convenient. With all due respect, I must wonder how meaningful that kind of faith really is.