If you are willing to play a little game, I want to try something.
I want you to think back and try to remember all the times you have either read or heard of letters from your National Spiritual Assembly. Ofcourse, you won’t recall every single incident but rather try to get an over all idea of what you do remember.
Now, think back and recall how many times they spoke about the financial needs of the Baha’i funds.
And how many times they talked about teaching the Faith.
Now I want you to try something else.
Cast your thoughts back and recall how many times you have read a letter from your NSA reinforcing the many Writings about charity and the exhortations for the Baha’is to arise and serve their fellow man.
And how many times have you read from your NSA about the importance of helping the needy, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, befriending the marginalized, as Baha’u’llah instructed all Baha’is to do, and as Abdu’l-Baha demonstrated as the perfect exemplar?
ok… Done? Alright.
Now, imagine what sort of community you would have and what sort of effect on the world the Baha’is would have if we inverted the priorities of the NSAs around the world.
Go ahead, play along…its just a thought experiment. Close your eyes for one moment and imagine the kind of community you would see.
That’s it. Yup, pretty short thought experiment.
I’ll leave it to you to decide if it has any merit.
And if you like, you can leave a little response (even anonymously) in the comments section below to share what your personal thought experiment was like.