Uncertainty and Change
In Brian McLaren’s book, We Make the Road by Walking, we read Chapter 26 this week. In the chapter, McLaren relates a fictitious conversation between himself and one of Jesus’ followers, a woman on the edges of the crowd. He asks her if she ever has doubts about Jesus’ message. She replies,
Sometimes I think his message is the crazy dream of poets and artists, the fantasy of children at play, or old men who drink too much. But then, I ask what other message could possibly change the word? Perhaps what is truly crazy is what we are doing instead- thinking that a little more hate can conquer hate, a little more war can cure war, a little more pride can overcome pride, a little more revenge can end revenge, a little more gold can cure greed, or a little more division can create cohesion.
As we meet on Sunday morning, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church across the world will also be meeting in St. Louis. There are those who ask if we are crazy to hope that something good might come out of the meeting. There are those who wonder if this conference is just more division that could never lead to cohesion. We don’t enter this time in naivety. We know that the church that emerges will be different than it was going in. We don’t know all the ways that it will be different yet, but we know that our Tradition is changing.
This week in the midst of all that uncertainty and change, we celebrate the crazy dream of the rabbi Jesus. We celebrate with new members, a baptism, and the return of Pastor Brad to worship. We will have a reception after each service. We will come together to worship and praise God because that’s what we do. We will come together to proclaim that there is good news even in the middle of uncertainty and we are living in that good news.