In Acts 2 there is a wonderful story about the birth of the Church. The promised Holy Spirit arrives. Disciples proclaim the Gospel in languages all in Jerusalem can hear. Those that have been in a room waiting respond to the wait being over! Must have been glorious! But embedded in this story is a thought about who we are in the story?
The Acts 2 story ends with two statements. The first is a question ... "What does this all mean?" The second is a statement ... "They are just all drunk!" The first group is seeking answers. The second already knows the answers.
As I hear people and read social media I see a lot of that latter group. People who have all the answers about conspiracies, epidemic statistics, stories about vaccines, success or non-success of treatments and everything you might imagine. It seems these people will re-post almost anything. I just move on by, because I want to be in that first group that continually asks ... "What does this all mean?"
Sunday is Pentecost, when the Acts 2 story bursts off the page and into the very DNA of the Church. We go. We proclaim. We use whatever measures we can to follow that early church into our world.
As we change gears yet again and begin to worship together, rethink everything, ask ourselves how we best reflect the love, boldness and life of Jesus in a confused world, we might think we know all the answers. Your pastor doesn't ... but I will work to find them. Pray that I will lead well and find the answers Jesus is giving me. Pray that we, as a Church, will become people who continually ask and seek the answers to ... "What does this all mean?" And when you meet the person who has all of the answers to that question, run the other way.
I love you all. Pray for our leaders. Pray for the Church. Pray for our nation. Pray that we will all be filled with God's Spirit, the Spirit of truth. Pray! Randy