Imagine having Oscar Robertson (Cincinnati Royals in the 1960s), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s), and LeBron James (Miami Heat in the 21st century) on the same team on the basketball floor at the same time! Imagine having Copernicus (16th century), Isaac Newton (18th century), and Albert Einstein (20th century) as your science teachers in the same year. Imagine sitting in on a conversation about human rights and justice between Frederick Douglass (slavery), Susan B. Anthony (women's suffrage), and Helen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberian Nobel Peace Prize winner).
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Note: This article was originally published in 2010.
I'm sure you've heard it many times, just as I have. Grieving friends and family members at the funeral, comforting themselves and one another with phrases like "the Lord took him."
I remember particularly one case fifteen years ago that genuinely troubled me. The widow and her daughter were both crying, but they found solace in the thought that the Lord had taken their husband and father.
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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.