Paul encourages the Colossians to be strong, endure everything, and give thanks. Some things are hard to endure with any sense of thanksgiving. The Liberian Christians were under great duress during the fourteen-year-long civil war that ravaged the country, killing hundreds of thousands, and displacing half a million more. St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Gbarnga had at one point been commandeered by a rebel general to be used as his headquarters in the region. When the rebels left the area, the church was left with no windows, no carpeting, no metal roof, and no doors.
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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.