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Party Like It’s 516 B.C.!
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, but that’s about all that’s the same; or so it seems. Changes happen at a frightening pace for some of us. For others, change is much too slow. “Why can’t things be as they’ve always been?”, some wonder. What exactly is it that has always been? Church buildings? No, for the first few centuries of Christianity no churches owned property. What about pews? After church buildings became fashionable people stood for the duration of their worship. Printed Bibles, hymnals, Sunday School, and just about everything you can think of that is associated with church has a beginning sometime AFTER the New Testament was written.
The church has continually gone though changes and will continue to change until Jesus returns. This morning as we studied Zerubbabel’s Temple building project, we saw people weeping and people rejoicing. There is no reason for weeping people to criticize those rejoicing nor should those weeping be told to cheer up. Somewhere it’s written that should weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. To do that we must listen to one another in order to understand each other’s perspective.
We weep for what we have lost, and with every change a church experiences something is lost. It’s entirely appropriate to grieve what has gone away and will never be again. However, if changes are motivated by our desire to follow Jesus and fulfill our mission as his people, that is cause of celebration. Can both happen simultaneously? I believe they can, if we truly love one another.