Ministry Notes

February 2020

I don’t know if I’ve ever appreciated it before, but February has a lot of days we commemorate. We have Groundhog Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Washington’s Birthday, and this year we also have Ash Wednesday which will be coming up on February 26th.

I’ve never really been too excited about observing these Presidential days. I like Presidents and Lincoln and Washington and I honor what they mean to our history. I just don’t know how we’re supposed to observe these days. Do we listen to speeches? I guess I’m probably missing something.

It seems that in life we go about our usual routines and we’re concerned about the things that concern us. A lot of the other stuff just goes by the wayside. I chose to know the things I know, and I chose to ignore things I don’t care to know. I guess I live in a bubble. And truthfully, we all do to some extent.

One of the things I’ve noticed recently about living in my bubble, is that it’s pretty comfortable. I like to read things I agree with, and ignore things I disagree with. Then I don’t have to think too hard, I don’t get riled up and it makes me feel self-important.

And have you noticed the headlines these days? So and so is slammed by so and so… So and so got grilled by this or that committee… So and so is in a Twitter battle with so and so… The rhetoric is violent. Words matter! Whatever happened to objectivity?

I’m not very active on Facebook, but I usually look at it every day. Some of my friends are Republicans and find delight in ridiculing Democrats. And of course, some of my friends are Democrats and find delight in ridiculing Republicans. Sometimes it feels like whiplash when two friends, independently post something essentially ridiculing each other. I guess I have a lot of friends in both camps.

It seems that increasingly in our world, through the internet, through social media, the news media, and through communications, we are self-selecting our communities and increasingly becoming more and more isolated from those who are different. If you want to belong to a group of like-minded basket weavers who trash certain kind of politicians and religions, you can do that!

Jesus says we are to pick up our cross and follow him. It’s a way of life… One way we can pick up our cross is to listen to people who are different. And listen so deeply we are vulnerable to change because of what we hear.

The church is an amazingly unique voice in all this post-modern change. We insist that the Body of Christ is made up of different kinds of people. And instead of looking for ways to throw rocks at one another, we look for ways to serve one another. The Body of Christ resists living in a bubble. That means we look at things from other perspectives, we respectfully listen to people who are different.

And talk about a challenge! Today, perhaps more than at any other time in history, the Church Matters! The Body of Christ Matters! We have a message for the sake of the world…

Blessings this month as you celebrate a President’s day, and please fill me in on what I should do. I’d love to hear about it! It’ll be my cross to bear… 


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