A 2008 Pew Forum poll revealed that 65% of the American public believe that many religions (not just through the sacrifice of Christ) can lead to eternal life. So what is at stake in insisting on the importance of Christ's sacrifice on the cross? We need reminders of the sacrifice of Christ for the same reason people with desk jobs still need baths or showers -- because even desk-job employees get dirty. We need to be reminded of the sacrifice of Christ for the same reason even healthy patients need annual check-ups with the doctor, because they are still mortals susceptible to disease.
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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.