Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Edifer du Jour-1 Corinthians 7:18-24
18 Was any man called when he was already circumcised? He is not to become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision? He is not to be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God. 20 Each man must remain in that condition in which he was called. 21 Were you called while a slave? Do not worry about it; but if you are able also to become free, rather do that. 22 For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord's freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ's slave. 23 You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. 24 Brethren, each one is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called.
You can cite the Bible to back up change-oriented themes, such as the Gospel pitting parent against child or Jesus clearing the money changers out of the temple, but Paul is putting in a plug for a status-quoian stance on life here. One thing I remember hearing from my dad a few year ago is that unless otherwise noted, God wants you to be doing what your doing now. Change is disruptive to relationships and to communities. Unless that change is clearly beneficial, the status quo should be preferred. Moving down to Florida uprooted Eileen from her circle of friends in Midland; she's still working on finding new roots here. However, in this case, the move was beneficial, for it allowed me to advance my career (and likely Eillen's, if and when she lands a teaching job, for she couldn't have taught without an Education degree in Michigan) . So, if the back of your mind is saying "Should I be doing something else?", ask who's prompting it. If there are clear reasons why you should change things up, it's likely from God, but if it's a vague unease about your current position, it's either just you or Ol' Sloughfoot.

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