There’s a joke you may have heard. “How many Lutherans does it take to change a lightbulb?” The answer is “CHANGE?!?”
If you have had occasion to drive around in the areas of Rincon and Pooler and Garden City – or in the greater area in general – you have certainly noticed the many changes. Huge new buildings are being constructed. Over the most recent decade there have been significant increases in resident population. There has been a lot of change and all indications are that it will continue.
That joke about we Lutherans plays on the fact that we have not been a group which easily adopts change. Even so, change we do. The truth is, change is a challenge, whether it is for the positive or in the opposite direction. Change makes planning difficult. It turns holding expectations into an uncertain process
You and I know and believe in the Triune God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our Lord is there, He is God. There is repeated testimony throughout Scripture that God does not change. In the circles of scholastic Theology the term “immutability” is used. Scripture uses more plain-spoken terminology.
“Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end.” (Psalm 102:25-27)
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with Whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17)
The list of Scriptural testimony continues. Listen, it does not matter when we see all sorts of change going on around us, whether good or bad. Our Faith, our Salvation, “rests on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”
Change? Nope! Not a chance!
Pastor Bob LeFavi
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