Sheep and goats graze together and all day long mix and mingle among themselves through the pasture without a problem. When the sun goes down, however, shepherds must separate the two so the goats can be kept warm and it can become difficult to tell them apart in fading light. Often they will be the same color and of similar form. If nothing else, the shepherd may have to judge by the tail, whether it sticks up or hangs down. In the same way, the righteous and the unrighteous are mixed in together and sometimes it is not always immediately evident who is who.
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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.