Like all personal attributes, pride in and of itself is not bad; but it becomes a sin when it becomes oversized. We can be proud of our accomplishments and we can even boast of something that we have done exceptionally well. In fact, I teach my college students that it is good to be proud of an exceptional talent you have, because we are all good at something, even several things. What is wrong, I inform them, is when you think you are good at everything and think you know everything. As I instruct my students, we are all good at some things, but none of us are good at all things.
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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.