,Isaiah 52: 7
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news,
Who proclaim peace
Who bring good tidings,
Who proclaim salvation,
Who say to Zion, “Your God Reigns!”
Frederick Buechner says this about vocation, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
I have been blessed to be able to pursue a career where my gladness and the world’s hunger often meet. Not only is it comforting to know my feet might be beautiful ( I have been told they are not ) it is good to feel useful and valued in what you do. In the churches I have served there has been enough agreement about what is important that we could work together for the building up of the church and the community.
However to find the place where everyone’s deep gladness and everyone’s deep hunger exists is to find yourself all over the map as the saying goes. Even guided by the scriptures and the confessions, good church folks have often disagreed over what God is calling them to do or be, especially when it came to what sort of changes in society the church should promote. This past week I read two statements from the National Council of Churches, one from 1908 and one from 2008. Both attempt to speak for large numbers of Christian folk as to what God would like to see as far as social righteousness is concerned.
There are some really good things in both documents speaking to equal rights, and feeding people, and getting rid of forced labor and the exploitation of children. Lots of stuff that a vast majority of folks would say amen to being in the will of God. There are other sections which folks will read and say no! I am neither glad nor does the world hunger for that. I would be amazed if you, in reading these two documents, could not find several things to cheer about and support and several things to question, and perhaps even be upset by its inclusion in a document that wishes to speak for the church.
Such is the dynamic when we promote social righteousness or social justice. We will not all agree on all things. Yet, God continues to call faithful folks to speak or work or demonstrate or protest or dare I say politic so that good news can be shared, good tidings are proclaimed, and even salvation can be given in this land.
So, come this Sunday, give me about 20 minutes, and I will clear the whole thing up for you.
Sunday October 29
10:00 Service 11:15 Table Talk
5:30 Dinner provided for you 7:00 Extravaganza
Friday November 3 2:00 – 5:00 Health and Wellness Clinic
Free for everyone to come and get blood pressure, heart rate and other important measurements done and talk with a professional about health and wellbeing.
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