Original Posting At https://heartontheleft.wordpress.com/2018/08/23/a-certain-outcome/
This will be on the back page for the bulletin for Fishkill UMC for this Sunday (August 26, 2018, 14th Sunday after Pentecost – B).
The one thing that struck me about the Old Testament Reading was that Solomon’s Temple was open to all. People would come because of the greatness of Solomon and they would discover God in the Temple that Solomon built.
What does that say about today when people are turning away from the church out of distrust and anger or they are seeking alternative means of worship because they cannot find God in the church today.
And when I read Paul’s words to the Ephesians, I hear him crying out again the battles inside the church. The problem is not that the world is evil or anything like that; it is that some people want to exercise their authority as if it came from God, And it is hard to take on those people; it is hard to take on the tasks Jesus asked us to begin.
But in our faith, and through God, we have been given the tools, the skills, and the abilities to take on those tasks.
What will we do? Will we give up the fight or will you join the fight? ~~Tony Mitchell