Last evening 62 candidates for the Holy Ministry were given their first calls at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. What world are they going into? From my introduction to “Word Alive” (tripillarpublishing.com):
“Older people grieve what’s been lost. In ‘Christian America,’ the things of God and the things of public society became mixed together. Christian life and public life were homogenized, the clear differences blurred. Thereby the distinctiveness of following Jesus could get lost. But now ‘Christian’ America is gone. That makes this new time an opportunity, a strange blessing to understand anew – or for the first time – the radical nature of faith in Jesus.
“Peggy Noonan…reflected on all the changes around us after she reread a book by Dean Acheson, Secretary of State under President Harry Truman. ‘Everyone’s in the dark looking for the switch,’ she wrote. Isn’t that a great description of our society today? ‘Everyone’s in the dark looking for the switch,’ she wrote, ‘When you’re in the middle of history the meaning of things is usually unclear… In real time most things are obscure…’ And then she quotes Dean Acheson. ‘Only slowly did id dawn upon us that the whole world structure and order that we had inherited from the nineteenth century was gone.’
“Our seminarians and young church workers get it. They know that Jesus is the Light of the world (John 8:12), that we have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9), to let our light shine in this society (Matthew 5:16). They do not grieve what has been lost in American culture and church life; they haven’t lived through it. They do look forward with hope and anticipation for their ministries and the mission of the Church in these new times. I pray that we older church people will fully welcome and bring younger generations, pastors and lay alike, into the corporate life and leadership of the Church, not making them sit at the children’s cared table.”