Monday, June 29, 2015

Chicken Little, SCOTUS and the Church

A seed fell on Chicken Little’s head.  "The sky is falling," he reasoned.  "I must tell the king."

On his way to warn the king he garnered quite a following.  He convinced Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey and Turkey Lurkey to join him on his journey to warn the king.  Along the way they also met Foxy Loxy who pretended to join them only to lure them into his den.  The chicken, the hen, the duck and the turkey were never heard from again.

Chicken Little responded to what he perceived to be a bad situation in a way that only made matters worse, at least for him and his followers.

In a landmark decision the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) re-defined marriage and legalized same-sex unions.  Their decision was not unanimous.  The vote in favor of legalizing same-sex unions was split 5 to 4 with the majority ruling in favor, a division which appears to reflect the diversity of opinions across the country.  Personally, I was disappointed with their decision, but not surprised by it.

In moments like this I turn to the Bible for guidance, but first I think the story of Chicken Little has something to teach us.  However much we, the church, may not like what has happened, we must not behave in a way that makes things worse.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Goodbye, my friend

A friend died last week.  At his memorial service one of the speakers imagined the scene in heaven when Phil approached the pearly gates.  “Wait here,” St. Peter said.  Approaching God, St. Peter said, “Pastor Phil’s here, but I don’t see his name on the list.”  

“It’s there,” God said.  “I was expecting him, just not so soon."

God didn’t choose when Phil would die.  Phil did.