One of the worst memories for people of this century would be the Holocaust, that evil plan of the Nazis in Germany to eliminate the Jews from the face of the earth. But a recent survey found that 38 percent of all adults did not know what the term "holocaust" referred to. And among high school students the results were even more despairing, with 53 percent of the young people unable to recognize that term. In general, we are a people with a faulty memory of the past. But this passage from Hebrews challenges us not only to rehearse the facts about Jesus but also to reflect on the meaning.
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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.