When no one else was tuned in to God, Abraham was tuned in. When no one else was
hungering and thirsting for righteousness, Abraham was. At a time when there were
many idols, Abraham heard the still small voice of God calling to him. Verse 4 of
Genesis 12 says it well: "So Abram went as the Lord had told him." And as Psalm 96
tells, "For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens." From this
array of false gods Abraham was in tune with the one true and living God.
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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.