In Balance

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Princeton sociologist Robert Wuthnow , describing the impact of the small group movement in the church, comments:

“At one time theologians argued that the chief purpose of humankind was to glorify God. Now it would seem that the logic has been reversed: The chief purpose of God is to glorify humankind. Spirituality no longer is true to good because it meets absolute standards of truth or goodness, but because it helps me get along. I am the judge of its worth. If it helps me find a vacant parking space, I know my spirituality is on the right track. If it leads me into the wilderness, calling me face to face with dangers I would rather not deal with at all, then it is a form of spirituality I am unlikely to choose.” (Robert Wuthnow ,“The Christian Century, “ Dec 8,1993, pg 1239-1240.)

I fear Wuthnow has hit the nail on the head. Much of our contemporary belief structures are what we claim as comfortable, rather than what we are challenged by. The scriptures point us head on into the necessity of struggle, from Genesis to Revelation.

Look at 1 Samuel, chapters 2 and 3. Ponder the conflict Samuel was in that he might bring a confronting word of God to his mentor Eli. When have challenge, conflict, and struggle become the tools of God to transform your life in ways that pleasure, fun and happiness never could have? God is not opposed to us having fun, or taking life leisurely. However, all things have a time and place. God desires for us to live a balanced life. Nothing has changed over the last 2000 years, from the ashes of Good Friday's trials, comes the greatest moments of Easter's promise of new life yet today!

This weekend Daisy Wiberg who serves on the staff of Love Light and Melody (LLM) with Brad Corrigan, will be my preaching partner. Together, we will explore the text of 1 Samuel.

Prayers:  Of thanks for the awe and wonder of an eclipse, for Rodney Jackson, Debbi Meador and others in need of healing. For Nicole and Nicholas Walters who mourn the death of their parents Mike and Jill --as they start the semester at the University of Nebraska,  as well as all others who mourn. For Leadership and Followership.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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