Falling Arches, Collapsing Certainties
The stone arch in Utah was not supposed to collapse. It had been spanning for hundreds, if not thousands of years. It was a geological certainty. And time and gravity took its toll and it collapsed this weekend. The border between Georgia and Russia collapsed this weekend also. Around us are fixed objects that we often take to be certainties, until they collapse. Then they aren't so certain anymore.
The job of a pastor and the church is to define reality and identify certainties. What we sometimes identify as certainties, in time collapse under the pressure of time and age: musical styles, evangelistic programs, theological education, local church configurations, government entitlements, etc.
A friend who teaches occasionally at Westmont College, Dr. Tito Paredes, who also heads a theological graduate school in Lima Peru says that the Certain Issue is, has been and will be: discipleship. That will not collapse or fade away.