bits from bob....


by Robert J. Young
©, 2002, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

Reflect with me on change. Change is neither good nor bad. Change is inevitable! Change occurs whether we plan it or not, whether we intend it or not, whether we seek to control it or not. Some changes are planned. Some planned changes are good, some not so good. Often changes occur because there has been no planning. Many of these changes are undesirable.

A recent preachers' luncheon discussed change. A recent lectureship focused on change. One hears of change agents. Indeed, some seem to be pushing an agenda of change. What can change? What cannot change? Which changes are biblical? Which are not?

Contemporary society is bombarded with change. The sheer volume and rapidity of change are never before seen. Change is unsettling. Change raises questions. Change what? Why? When? How?

A world buffeted by change intensely feels the need for spiritual underpinnings and direction. Our post-modern world has largely given up the belief that man can fix man's problems. Secularized, materialistic (even hedonistic) people are moved toward belief in a higher power by the realization that humanity is not in charge of the universe. Where does this idea arise? In uncontrolled, uncontrollable change.

The church must ask hard questions of itself and of its world. What are typical spiritual expectations? Where do people today seek spiritual reassurance? Will they consider the churches of Christ? Will they consider this congregation? Why? How?

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