Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
As we come to the end of another year and turn the page on new calendars we come also to a time of reflection and anticipation. This reflection and anticipation leads often to the writing of resolutions: proposals for a new start in life as well as a new start on a calendar.
In these days after Christmas I have read a little in a couple of old books (that is, books written when I was a child!). One is The Christian Century Reader, a collection of articles from the first half of the twentieth century, ending in 1961. The Christian Century is a magazine dating from the early 20th century reflective of the politically liberal wing of Protestantism which emphasized a social gospel. While not always agreeing with their views, it does lift up the important role Christian faith played in the life of our nation and world, a role often ignored in the rewriting of history. (Among the topics, for example, are selections which lift up the importance of the church in the civil rights movement.) As to why this came to mind with regard to resolutions, it is a reminder of the important responsibility of the Christian in the world; the degree to which we are called and have the ability to change things for the better. One strength of many of the writings was their reminding the Christian( and the church) to live lives of compassion, service, and reconciliation.
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