Wednesday, July 12, 2006

What Now?

The last few weeks (years?) have had a lot of people occupied with what will happen with the Episcopal Church. We've been wondering what will happen if GC06 doesn't answer the Windsor Report. What will happen if the Primates don't recognize Schori as a primate. What will happen if ++Cantuar doesn't invite most of the ECUSA bishops to Lambeth? What will happen if a diocese leaves the ECUSA and the whole diocese affiliates with either Cantebury or with another province.

These are all interesting questions, but for most people, they are exercises in wasted time. Satan loves to have us occupy our time with what will happen in the future. While God knows the future, we do not.

What should we do now? Well, first we need to focus on now. There are people whose task it is to focus on tomorrow. Let them focus on tomorrow. We need to focus on being the Church now. We need to sit at the feet of Jesus and his apostles and learn from them. We need to witness to the power of Jesus Christ to change lives and to redeem us from sin and death. We need to proclaim that Jesus is not just "Savior," he is also "Lord."

That proclaimation needs to take place both in words and in deeds. Are you worried about the ECUSA (or TEC)? Then take up a ministry of service. Find some place in your parish where you can meet Jesus in the poor, the sick, the homeless, the hungry, and those in prison. Find some place where you can serve your neighbors outside your parish. Learn to practice witnessing to the power of Jesus Christ in your own life. Don't focus on tomorrow. Let God worry about tomorrow. Focus on today and on being faithful to God today.

Phil Snyder

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