What do you do when you love someone? As author Salman Rushdie writes in his novel The Satanic Verses, "love is a yearning to be like (even to become) the beloved." Perhaps trying to "become" that person is a bit strong, but you do try to make them happy. And how better to make them happy than to do what they want you to do? To follow their rules? To obey, as it were, their "commandments"? We do this with our parents, our significant others, our close friends. How often have you caught yourself avoiding certain things because someone close to you dislikes it?
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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.