Change is Constant.
Recently in the news there was a report that the speed of light, since the days of Einstein revered as a fundamental physical constant, may not be a constant after all. Tiny particles known as neutrinos fired from a research center in Switzerland arrived at Gran Sasso, Italy a fraction of a second faster than light would have arrived. The physics community is aflutter, (if scientists can get “aflutter”) trying to assess the validity of the experimental results and consider the implications if they are correct and reproducible. This leaves open the possibility that the only constant is change (except for one other… read on).
About ten years ago our family was visiting Greenfield Village in Michigan. There we were given “Rules For Teachers, 1872”. Reading these reminds me that the pace of change is enormous. Yes, these were written 140 years ago, a long time it seems. But that is only 14 decades and if we break down the changes represented into 14ths, we recognize how much things must change every ten years. By all accounts cultural change is accelerating, not slowing.
The church is part of culture, though separate from it. Just as Jesus left his disciples to be in the world, though not of the world, so we are tied to our times, in change and in constancy. Change is a reality.
Part of the reality of change is that it is generally accompanied by conflict. Conflict is an uncomfortable word, but it is not a bad word. It is the behavior in conflict that can be either good or bad. As we walk forward together, knowing that there will be change though not knowing what the change will be (we don’t know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future) What commitments do we need to make to one another?
The Covenant Church in Ceresco, Nebraska has agreed to four. I think they are worthy and I want to introduce the first one here:
“As people reconciled to God by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we believe that we are called to live together and respond to each other in a way that is remarkably different than that of the world. To this end, we will
1. Honor and Affirm – Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:30. “
What will it look like at Rochester Covenant Church to Honor and Affirm one another? I invite your comments. I will post this on my blog http://pastorhhf.wordpress.com as we journey together in an ever-changing world with an ever-constant love supporting and surrounding us.