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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The past will not get us there!

The tools, methods, and truths of our fathers will not meet the growing need to address the vast differences of our children. If anyone thinks that he or she can remain idle in their beliefs, truths and faith and be effective in today's world, they are sadly mistaken. Antiquated thinking, stubborn ignorance and the failure to grow following generations into mature and responsible contributors has created a global moral crisis. The "let someone else deal with it" mentality has ran us aground in a beat up, broken down vessel.

There is no way my father can imagine the world my son is growing up in. The generational differences are equal to that of a tubed radio and a dual core Pentium 4 porthole to universal knowledge and information. One man's say so is no longer good enough to convince anyone. Just because the man at the pulpit says this or that does not make it the truth any more. If you liked milk, to bad, it is time to eat meat! We must grow up, walk away from jealousy and quarrelling. A man named Paul once wrote

" Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly - mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. Indeed, your are still not ready. You
are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarrelling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?"

With all the study that has gone into the milk, I wonder what the meat would have been? What would Paul have told the Church of Corinth if they were ready? We can no longer serve milk and expect to grow any kind of apostolic radical faith! It has not worked in the 2000 years of effort so far, why do we think it will ever work? My father never had to worry about drive by shootings, AIDS, paroled predators, vast amounts of narcotics and so on. My son has no clue about oil lambs, milking cows, picking-growing-killing your dinner, and so on. Times have changed and so must the bride. But what exactly do we change?

I had a meeting not long ago with an group of Orthodox pastors. They presented several questions to me. One, how should they address sin in the youth? Two, should they change how they teach from the pulpit? Mind you, we are talking about 2000 years of tradition, literally. Traditions haded down to each generation as it was given to them by the Apostles themselves! They are wise men. What a great question. These men see the need to change in order to reach today's generation, who is willing to walk away from tradition, but wanting to keep the faith pure and clean, no compromises. I could help them only with the issues related to their youth. The second question is still out there. What do we change? Or, how do we get to the meat Paul talked about? What is the meat? Maybe the concept of radical faith is simply faith in motion! I know I am tired of milk, how about you?




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