Love is not praising each other nor criticizing each other. As the Zen Buddhists say so
clearly, when we live in love, in deep relationship to our God, the force and energy at the
heart of the universe, we do not care about either criticism or praise. We know that they
are just different sides of the same coin.
"I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears
him and does what is right is acceptable to him (vv. 34-35). Saint and sinner are just two
sides of the same coin. Regardless of our heritage, we are born into sinfulness. But
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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.