This is a guest post from my father, Jim Hatch, who lives in St. Louis, MO, USA.
Change. Is that good or bad? What’s your default attitude toward change? Are you comfortable with change, at least theoretically? How does your church view change? What’s the Scripture’s view?
But beyond that? Think about it.
Creation. Out of nothing, the universe. Change.
Regeneration. From darkness light. Change.
Adoption. From enemy to son or daughter. Change.
Sanctification. Growth, progress is grace. Change.
Glorification. The old now new — forever. Change.
I wonder if our typical conservative view of change may need some major tweaking in view of the incredible amount of change we see in the Scripture and in the plan of God. Perhaps like Paul we and our institutions need more often to “become all things to all people” (1 Cor. 9:22). Should perhaps the basic values of our ministries and congregations include a change orientation that leads us to re-envisioning ourselves and our institutions more regularly? If so, the leaders we select should also be so committed…to change.
I’m reminded of the Anglican rector in the UK who said, “Wherever St. Paul went, there was a revolution. Wherever I go, they serve tea.”
Seems to me most conservatives and most of our churches view change negatively. The state of many churches and the needs of our broken world make me wonder if we don’t need to see our attitude toward change….change.