During my seminary career, I was pastor of a rural church with a parsonage for us to live in. My wife and I went on a week's vacation. When we returned I drank some tainted orange juice which made me very ill. I thought it was the flu so I left it untreated, but I steadily became worse. Finally I went to the hospital, and after tests the results were given to the doctor who came in to talk with me. His first words were, "If you would have waited fifteen more minutes to come here, you would have been dead." The tainted juice gave me food poisoning. The doctors and medicine saved my life.
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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.