Original Posting At https://heartontheleft.wordpress.com/2019/05/23/the-vision-that-we-have/
Here are my thoughts for the “Back Page” of the bulletin for this Sunday, May 26, 2019 (6th Sunday of Easter, Year C) at Fishkill United Methodist Church.
The theme of the Scriptures today, it seems to me, is one of
vision. With these readings, we are
reminded of what is written in Proverbs, “if we are without vision, we shall
Some years ago, I came across a quote from Joel A. Barker,
Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action changes the world.
Paralleling that was quote by Willie Nelson,
“one person cannot change the world but one person with a message can.”
Luther nor Wesley sought to create a new expression of faith; theirs was vision
of how to best express one’s faith.
Wesley had a “method” for implementing that vision.
are those today who say they have a plan for the church, but it is a plan
without a vision, one beset by rules and regulations, one without concern for
the people of the church and the people who seek the church. In their plan, if you don’t meet the
qualifications as set by the rules they have made, you are not eligible to be a
part of the faith.
attitude, I feel, is the same attitude religious authorities two thousand years
ago voiced. It was the same attitude
voiced by their Wesleyan era counterparts.
As a plan based on rules and regulations, it was stiff and formal, with
no room to be creative and no room for those outside society. It was a plan created without love and
without a vision for the future.
sightless world is a limited one, one in which fear and ignorance dominate,
Jesus did was change the vision of the world, to see a new future. Through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit,
we can put that vision into action.