Spiritual Corner by Rev. J. Douglas Childers

Matthew’s gospel chapter 28: verses 19-20, says “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you and lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”  As I think about this scripture I am reminded that the physical world that we call earth is millions of years old, and has not changed in composition.  However, it would be naïve of us to propose that people, have not changed in some way. I think it’s fair to say that the world has changed and it continues to, because people change

If you could climb inside Mr. Peabody’s Way Back Machine and travel back in time, what would you see? It would, of course, depend upon the period that you land in. If you stopped in the USA in 1863-1865 there would be war raging between the geographical regions that threatened to destroy the American experiment, before became the United States.

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Change is inevitable. One important change during my life time is in Housing Laws. Today, if you have the money to buy the land and build the house, you can live wherever you please. But while you’re in the Wayback Machine, you will notice that this was not the case , just a few years ago. In today’s world television shows like the Jerry Springer Show have people on national television displaying lewd behavior. They seem to enjoy fighting and cursing others whom they have a problem with. Today, comedians think that they’re not funny unless they  use bad language.  Understanding this, Bill Cosby used humor to demonstrate differences  in people and situations  with A Different World.
 Christian faith encourages us to believe this Eschatological world—that is the world where God abodes, the world John spoke of from Patmos Island, writing “I saw a new heaven and a new earth and behold the old heaven and the old earth had passed away and all things were made new.” We must prepare to live in this world and we can make it a different world, because in this world Christ will be our God and we will be His people. For three years Jesus taught his disciples about living in and the world He knew to be, the Kingdom of God. When we accept the teachings of Christ we must acknowledge that the world around us changes because the people of the world change the world. I am hopeful that as Christians, we will continue to influence the world and seek to make it a better place.
Rev. . Douglas  Childers, Retired
Class of 1967