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Change is upon us

January 24, 2009
By Walter Ellison, Pastor of East Elkins Charge of the United Methodist Church

Change is in the air. Each day when we wake up and get ready for the new day, we must deal with change of some kind. How we deal with change is entirely up to each individual. Our world is changing every day as fast as the unlocked wheels of time allows. Is all change good? Well, only time will tell. Time is the great equalizer, or as the old adage goes, hindsight is always 20/20.

The Apostle Paul, as he traveled on the road to Damascus, in Acts Chapter 9, met up with Jesus as he was on his way to persecute Christians in Damascus. As he traveled on his journey, what a great change was experienced by the apostle. His outlook on his life was changed, his outlook on Christians was changed. As his life was changed, his effect on others lives was changed, also, from wanting to persecute Christians to wanting to convert people to Christianity.

I have heard the statement "times change, people don't" before, but I do not agree with the statement. People change and so do times with all the modern technology at our hands today. Change is inevitable. There is nothing that seems to stay the same. I remember when the first color televisions were coming into homes. What a wonderful change we thought that was. Now, nostalgia is the thing. In the summer, my wife and I go yardsaling or buying; we never come home with anything new, it is always at least 10 years old or older.

Everywhere we look, there is change going on. In school today, classes are offered to students that were not thought about when I was a student. I remember when we considered using an electric typewriter as uptown modern. Now with word processor on our computers, that really makes the electric typewriter sound obsolete. When did all this change occur? It didn't just happen overnight. It took years of research and development, a lot of trial and error. Medical science is not an exact science; there is a lot of experimenting trying new medicines. Not all change happens quickly, time is an element involved in change. But, there is one change that happens very quickly, that is the changing of a person's heart when Christ is allowed to enter into it. When this happens, change is also inevitable. There is only one thing that does not change: Malachi Chapter 3:6 says "For I am the Lord, I change not." We have this assurance in Hebrews Chapter 13:8: "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today and forever."

This week we were allowed to be part of history. We have just witnessed the swearing in of a new president of the United States of America. Whether or not he was your choice for president, he was the choice of our nation, and we should respect the office that he represents. In the second chapter of 1 Timothy, we find the following: "First of all, then I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for everyone; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior." This week, as we experience the change of leadership of this great nation, I hope that you will be much in prayer for our new president; so that he may have a successful presidency for the good of the nation.

(The opinions of this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Inter-Mountain, the Randolph County Ministerial Association or the author's church affiliation.)



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