Have you ever been down a cave? The tour guide leads you down into the bowels of the
earth. There are lights lining the side of the trail; guardrails keep you from falling into
one of the many drop-offs. One thing the guides often do when the tour is at the bottom
of the cave is turn out the lights. It is absolutely pitch black. You cannot see your hand in
front of your face. Even when they leave the lights off for a minute or two (and that
seems like an eternity) your eyes do not adjust to the darkness. You still can't see. What a
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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.