I have personally traveled across the top three longest bridges in the United States. They are all in Louisiana. The longest is the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge pictured in this article. In fact, it is the longest continuous bridge over a body of water in the world. The journey across it seems to never end with the ‘plank-plank’ of the tires across the concrete sections of this 24 mile long bridge. It has an eery sound which seems surreal and sobering at the same time. I always wonder at the ingenuity of man to be able to construct such a large bridge.
And yet, there is a bridge that is longer than this–the distant between the heart and the head. It seems to be traveled by few and maintained by even less. Here is a quote from Ravi Zacharias about that Bridge.
“…life has to find a bridge from the mind to the heart. It was a famed archbishop of Canterbury who said that the longest journey in life is from the head to the heart.” ¹
This bridge is a necessary part of building a confident faith and a Spirit-filled walk with Christ. If we only engage the head, it makes us cerebral and dry, giving answers without compassion or empathy. If we only Engage the heart, it makes us over emotional and volatile, giving pat answers without the substance of intellectual vigor. Both extremes create a freakish anomaly in the name of faith.
Our personal lives, as well as our corporate gatherings must seek to build this bridge between the propositional and the emotional. And it is not a compartmentalized construction. That is, our worship is not just emotional, but we should have songs with doctrinal content and truth claims in them. Yes, we must engage the emotions, but not by jettisoning the mind or rational thought. Likewise, our teaching must not be just a cerebral exercise of information and facts. We must engage every faculty of man, including his emotions and existential promptings.
When this bridge is built in our personal and corporate lives, we will begin to remove the damage caused to the name of Christ by heady intellectualism and carnal emotionalism. Jesus came and proclaimed propositional truth, but He also came and gave the Holy Spirit to empower and direct the heart of man. Let’s connect the two with the only pylons which can bridge this gap–the gospel of Jesus Christ.Footnote:
1. Ravi Zacharias, Our Disappointments Matter to God, January 22, 2014