We live in a world filled with unclear messages.
It would be good to gain some clarity when the message is unclear.
The undisputed champion of muddled messages is Yogi Berra, Baseball Hall of Famer and former manager of the NY Yankees. Who at one point or another is quoted as having said:
– It ain’t over ‘til its over
– Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical.
– Nobody goes there anymore; it’s too crowded.
– You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.
Sometimes things that get said are rather confusing, aren’t they? But our confusion doesn’t always stem from what someone says. Sometimes we become confused simply because of our busy schedules and inadequate communication.
Take for example the story of a photographer for a national magazine who was assigned to get photos of a great forest fire. Wanting to take some aerial pictures, he asked his home office to hire a plane. They made the arrangements & told him to go at once to a nearby airport, where the plane would be waiting for him. When he arrived at the airport, there was a plane warming up by the runway. He jumped in with his equipment and yelled, “Let’s go! Let’s go!” The pilot swung the plane into the wind & they were soon in the air.
“Fly over the north side of the fire,” yelled the photographer, “and make 3 or 4 low level passes.”
“Why?” asked the pilot.
“Because I’m going to take pictures,” cried the photographer. “I’m a photographer and that’s we do!”
After a pause the pilot said, “You mean you’re not the flight instructor?”
We live in a time when our television screens are filled with competing political advertisements and disagreements about the economy and healthcare. Add to that competing and conflicting messages about deodorant, laundry detergent, and the best prices on groceries, we can be left to wonder – “Just what do we know for sure?”
In this day and age, sometimes it is difficult to know what is true and what is false. Surely there are some things we can count on, some things we can know for sure. Leads me to ask, when it comes to faith what do we know for sure?
We have grown up with theological ideas that fit well on the magnets on our refrigerators or the needlepoints hanging on our walls, but we have twisted the meanings to fit our lives.
What if the bumper sticker faith we have chosen isn’t what God intended?
Join us on Sunday mornings for the next few weeks as we explore some common misconceptions in our theology that we can blame on the magnets and can change by simply reworking the message we put on display in our lives.
See you Sunday …