The law is not our schoolmaster. It leads us to our teacher, who is Christ. We all have times when we feel trapped by the law and can't escape. The Jews had 613 laws in addition to the big ten! They tried to trap Jesus with all these miniscule rules, but he refuses to be trapped. So if we want an answer we should go to him and not just bring out more rules: don't drink or smoke or dance -- and on and on! There are so many that we can't even remember them all and feel trapped -- held prisoner to them! The law is only given as a guideline for our life. It shows us what pleases 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.