Sermon 8 – A Word to the Middle Aged

Young middle-agers

Second, The Old Fool has a word for the middle-aged members of the congregation. Who are these middle-agers?  In The Old Fools opinion, any one who holds an office in the church is among the middle-aged to whom he speaks. 

The Old Fool fears that too many middle-agers give too much credence to the popular preachers on radio and television who declare a prosperity gospel and use biblical literalism to dilute the truth.  The Old Fool  cautions them against saying “we’ve always done it this way” or “we’ve already tried that.”  The Old Fool exhorts the middle aged members of this congregation to surrender to the winds of change just as the generations before them did in their time. 

Middle-agers do much of the work

The Old Fool understands that some well-meaning middle-agers can quote certain verses in the Bible that appear to authorize and obligate them to try to keep everything in the church the way it is. The Old Fool urges them to accept innovations with some caution, yet with confidence and alacrity.  The middle-aged will be wise if they heed the testimony of older generations, and do not try to make the Bible say what it has always said. Then this church may survive.

 

The next post will be a message to the youth of the church

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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