by: Wayne Schueler
I am struck by the thought, "We've never been this way before." I just completed my first video office visit with one of my doctors. A bit odd to say the least at least at the beginning, but we soon settled into the normal doctor/patient conversation. I am still of that generation that feels like the screen is a bit impersonal, but readily understand and respect the necessity of all this.
The same is true for us in the church. One of my dear respected friends, Rev. Ray Spitzenberger wondered how people in the church reacted years ago when The Lutheran Hour first began to broadcast on the radio. I know people were used to sitting around the radio, but to have that replace going to church? I'm sure there were maybe one or two who would have said, "Acchh, we have never done it that way before!"
Which brings me back full circle with a bit of a twist, "We never been this way before." I saw a meme on Facebook which I really liked. It said something to the effect that "The church has not been destroyed, it has been deployed." It's easy for us to sit in our pew and listen to the pastor tell us we need to share the Gospel to the ends of the earth and then get up and quietly go home to be about our business until next Sunday to come and hear a variation on the same tune. We are now seeing the possiblity of sharing the Gospel is a very new way. Well, nothing new about sharing on social media, but we in the Lutheran Church are kind of a Johnny-come-lately.
I am learning that you can indeed teach an old dog new tricks. And we in the church have to continue to keep learning - to take advantage of all these opportunities that God is throwing at us.
Well, enough rambling - it's time to get to work - out there.
Maturing in Christ
Reaching Others through the Holy Spirit