This will be the back page for the 19 November 2017 (24th Sunday after Pentecost, Year A) bulletin for the Fishkill United Methodist Church.
My favorite poem is “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. But why did the narrator choose the road no one else took? Why not take the easy path? To take the path no one else takes, to seek out on your own, requires a faith, a faith in God perhaps.
The writer of the “Letter to the Hebrews” wrote that faith was “the turning of dreams into deeds; it is betting your life on the unseen realities.” (The Cotton Patch Gospels) and goes on to point out that each story in the Bible was based on the faith of the individual in God and God’s promise.
It is our faith which gives us the ability to make bold choices. The Gospel reading for today points out what happens when we fail to act. It may seem safe to hold onto what we have and not risk anything, but we also gain nothing. Each of the 12 disciples could have stayed where they were but they chose to follow Jesus when he asked them to follow Him. Yes, it is risky, especially when the outcome is unknown.
The same was true for the people in Thessalonica. They felt that Christ was coming back, and all was good. But Paul warned them to not be complacent; sitting back and waiting gained them nothing. Those who opposed Deborah’s appointment as the Judge for Israel did not have enough Faith in God to make the right choice. But Deborah’s decisions and actions confirmed God’s choice.
Each day we must decide which “life road” we must take. It is quite easy to choose the well-traveled road because it doesn’t require much from us. Or do we choose the road less traveled?