The human heart has been defined as "an idol factory." If idle hands are bound to get one
into mischief, the idols from the heart even more inevitably cause human grief. Our
hearts (our imaginations) are an assembly line of wishes that produces those things we
substitute for God: toward which we look for our ultimate security, to which we grant our
highest loyalty, and from which we expect favors.
From this view of human existence, there are no atheists among us, only different styles
of believers. We all have our "gods." The only difference is that whereas the ancient
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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.