I was browsing Twitter yesterday, and saw that one of my friends was tweeting some comments about invocations at blindness conventions. “Invocation” is a rather fancy word to use in this instance, because these are usually just on-the-spot prayers of the evangelical Christian variety, but we’ll go with it. Anyway, these are pretty much a staple at blindness conventions, and I think this is a tradition that needs to die off. For one thing, none of these organizations are entirely composed of Christians, and these conventions aren’t Christian events. The rest of us, who are either believers of another faith, or not believers at all, shouldn’t need to sit through a public prayer as start to a convention that isn’t devoted to faith. If you want to open a convention, that’s what keynotes are for.
For another, let’s be totally honest. Half the crap that goes on at these conventions can hardly be called good Christian behavior, and it seems just a bit hypocritical to begin with a prayer, and then go on with the rest of what happens at convention. I’m all for Christians getting together at these events to fellowship and pray and hold the live, in-person version of Skype church. But it’s time we dispense with invocations and replace them with a proper keynote, which is what happens at every other convention that’s not a religious one. Well, unless that is, it’s a convention that takes place in the south, and originates there. But that’s a separate issue I think.
“The wise person knows that his wisdom is limited, but the fool thinks he knows everything.”
Many people get upset when they discover they made a mistake or realize they do not know as much as they thought they did. This is often based on a person telling himself (albeit not with total awareness) that he already “knows everything.” Hence he finds it painful to admit he does not know as much as he thought he did.
A wise man realizes he does not know everything and has pleasure in the quest for new knowledge.
(Chayai Hamussar, vol.1, p.168)