This will be on the back page of the bulletin for services at Fishkill UMC this coming Sunday, September 23, 2018 (18th Sunday after Pentecost, Year B). Services are at 10 and you are always welcome.
From the first time that I had to write a weekly message, I have always been amazed at the timeliness of the Scriptures and how our response to the issues of the day can be addressed by the words of the lectionary readings. The Scriptures themselves may not offer the answer we seek but they will certainly lead us to the solution. And that is perhaps the difference between simple knowledge and wisdom.
If the primary message of the Scriptures is a description of our relationship with God, then the Wisdom Literature of the Bible tells us how we are to apply that knowledge to our relationship with others.
The disciples were raised to see that everyone had a place in society, a place determined by one’s gender, one’s age, one’s birthplace, and one’s economic status. Yet, from the very beginning Jesus’ teachings challenged those very ideas. Much to the dismay of those who felt they had the right and the privilege to be first, Jesus said that made one last. And that being in a position of power and authority meant that you were the servant of the people and not that the people were your servant.
Following Christ is often a difficult task because it so challenges us. But if we open our minds as we open our hearts, we can begin to truly understand what we are being asked to do. And that is the difference between knowledge and wisdom. ~~Tony Mitchell