Summary: Facing eternal questions at the start of a new century

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A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. This is self-evident when it comes to electrical wiring or high explosives. It may not be so clear with relationships such as family and friends. And I would suggest no one would believe it when it comes to discussions about philosophy, politics, or God. Yet here to let me suggest a little knowledge can be a very dangerous thing.

Last Sunday’s BC comic strip illustrated this point well. The ants set the tone and as they spoke what is a "credo". In the main body the comic B.C. sends a message across the ocean that reads, "Over here were entering a new millennium! With new technology and a new ideology: one world, one government, one religion! No more stupid, outmoded ideas!" In the last panel he receives the response to reach quote and I guess your new credo would be: "eternity sucks"... right?"

What Hart brings out in this strip is that what we believe has an impact, which is eternal. He’s not talking about we mentally agree with. But the underlying truths, the foundation of our beliefs and on which we base all we do, how we see ourselves, what we value and the manner in which we deal with life. This is a credo. Our credos touch how we deal with our husbands and wives, children and parents. It affects our work, hobbies, and social lives. Living out our credo can mark us as optimistic, melancholy, tight fisted, compulsive, easygoing or stressed out. In fact, our credo probably affects our health is well.

As we move into this final year of the millennium it might do is some good to consider whether our old credo is working for us are not. I’m of the opinion that many people today are looking for a new start in life; yet they hold onto the same old beliefs. One person has said, "Insanity can be defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." To start over and get different results one must start with a new orientation. We need to begin with new credo, a new foundation of believe and a new way of looking our world. Our session is working on one day and credo for Kenton. We struggle to put what we find to be the most important aspects of our ministry into a short statement that is easy to remember. Some of you are facing difficult situations that are forcing you to re-evaluate what you believe and how you live. Some of you have to make decisions you never thought you would have to make. As we age what was important doesn’t seem that big a deal anymore. Facing a move, being unable to drive anymore, having the family move away, new jobs, new families, grief, and a million other things can overwhelm us and leave us shaken and fearful. We become shaken and fearful, and in feel like our lives will be washed away by the storms we face is because our credo is unable to answer the deeper questions. What we believe isn’t able to deal with forces become against us.

Let me suggest a couple of ideas to include in thinking about our credo. Remember that Jesus is the way God has chosen to and recreate and reconnect us with himself. Genesis is only one of hundreds that affirm God’s work the matter what situation is faced. In the chaos before creation it is God Spirit that broods over the waters. God himself is concerned than with this mess and brings order out of it.

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