Christian novelist, Walter Wangerin, tells of an incident from his own life: from his
experience as a parent. The Wangerins were going through a difficult time with their son,
Matthew, who was on the threshold of adolescence. He seemed to be rebelling against
every value the family held dear. On more than one occasion, the boy had been caught
stealing comic books from a local store. With the latest incident, Walter was in despair.
Feeling he'd run out of every other alternative, he resorted to a technique he'd not used
with his son for years: He gave him a spanking.
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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.