How many times have we read letters by some "enthusiasts" who tell us that the Lord has already come or is coming at any moment? Jehovah's Witnesses try to tell us that he already came in the early 1900s. Others say he came in 2000! There are always some who try to get you all excited about our Lord's coming. Paul warns us not to be alarmed by these words. They have not come from God or from any of his representatives.
Of course, our Lord will come some day. But Jesus told us on earth that even he did not know the hour or the day! Then why do we believe every idiot?
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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.