Although many churches have suffered over the years from scandals, one denomination always seems to keep its reputation rather pure. And that denomination is the Mennonite church, or what most people would call the Amish. But it turns out that even the clean-living Amish can fall victim to temptation. For instance, in the 1920s a Mennonite community was formed in Mexico, just south of the border. For years, the border guards just waved the Amish people through as they entered the United States, figuring that there certainly was no point in searching them for illegal materials.
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I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this week, I find myself reminded of the days leading up to that trip. With a few exceptions, most of the traveling that you and I do is known in advance and planned. And therefore the days leading up to our departure are filled with deliberate preparations.
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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.