HORUS GILGAMESH was raised Catholic before being “born again” in college when he “followed a call” toward full-time ministry. Early on, his efforts were focused on youth evangelism and Biblical literacy around the world before serving as a senior executive for a large international ministry. While escorting donors on a missions trip to Africa, a fearless young boy approached him, pleading, “Chakula? Maji?“- the Swahili words for “food” and “water.” Unfortunately, Horus had no food or water to offer the poor child – only evangelism resources.
A few days later, Horus met a humanitarian relief worker from Spain who shared five simple words of wisdom that would change his life forever – “Empty stomachs have no ears.” Horus realized that he was not meeting the very real needs of the people he was hoping to help, potentially doing more harm than good. To many Christians, the most important gift you could ever give to a man is a chance at eternal life through the Gospel of Jesus Christ – the Living Water. But what about this life? There are billions who would give anything for a drink of regular old H2O.
Facing a crisis of conscience, he struggled to find a purpose in his own life – once an ignorantly indoctrinated self-righteous servant of his Creator, suddenly faced with the opportunity to think critically about his faith for the first time in his adult life.
In the following years, Horus became much more focused on initiatives involving critical needs and social justice – looking for ways to help the most vulnerable at risk of severe poverty, disease, or violence. The pain and suffering he saw first-hand led him to be more and more troubled by the paradox of suffering and God’s apparent disregard for the children of His own creation. This led Horus to years of re-studying the Bible and reflecting on the roles of religion in society. After stepping away from the “rose-colored” teachings of any church or seminary, he became addicted to the pursuit of truth and has never returned to the pew or pulpit.
“In hindsight, the financial crisis and subsequent forced closure of my ministry was a life-changing moment,” says Horus. “It allowed me to take just enough time away from selling the “right” answers to strangers for once and allow myself to ask the right questions – to think critically about the Bible, my faith, and the ethos of Christianity in modern culture. Now, with my writing, I simply hope to encourage others to do the same.”
The best way to get a hold of Horus is via email. Just be sure to re-format the following into a valid email address syntax.
HorusG (@) HorusG (dot) com.