On March 8, 1971, Madison Square Garden in New York City was abuzz. People were crowding into the arena to witness what would later be called, "The Fight of the Century." Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, two undefeated boxing champions, would meet in the ring to determine who deserved to be called the world champion. While the hype preceding the fight was tremendous, the fight itself actually went over and above. The fight lasted the full 15 rounds, with Ali coming out strong in the early rounds and Frazier coming on near the end. Both fighters took a heavy beating.
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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.