The Christmas holiday is so beautiful, so central to our faith, with lights shining in the darkness and the focus on an infant, that it might seem sacrilegious to drag in politics. But these are political texts. King Ahaz put his trust in a political alliance that ended badly, with his Assyrian allies turning on him, biting off pieces of the northern kingdom until at last it was no more. Luke tells us about Augustus Caesar -- who the poet Virgil insisted was descended from a god, whose kingdom was foretold of old, was the Savior of the World, and the Prince of Peace.
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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.