I was asked to write a reflection for a unique Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) community, Fig Tree Christian. Fig Tree is unlike any other church as it is 100% online, that’s right, online.
Recently the community has been posting reflections based on a scripture and a C.S. Lewis quote.
Below is an except of the reflection and a link to the full piece.
Thanks to Fig Tree for their invitation.
The old saying goes that the only things that are certain in this life are death and taxes.
While these thing are unavoidable, I would contend that another item needs to be added, change.
Change: that mystical force that lies in wait until things get settled, comfortable and normative, then it leaps out of the bushes and catches us all by surprise. These shifts in our life can be met with great strife, push back and even anger. Once I was in an electronics store and I overheard a customer complaining about her cell phone. Her phone had updated to the newest operating system and the interface was not what it used to be and she was not happy. I felt bad for the young guy who had to hear her onslaught about how she did not like the new update and all but demanded that he call the manufacturer and let them know that this was unacceptable. He tried his best to show her that things had not really changed as much as she had envisioned but it wasn’t the same.
Change had come, no one had asked her and there was nothing she could do about it.
Humanity has found comfort in being in routines, in comfortable situations because they bring comfortable, routine, expected results.
What is it about change that frightens us? What is it about change that makes us shift in our seat, that makes the hairs on the back of our neck stand up?
What about change in the church?
Read the continuation of this reflection at Fig Tree Christian Church