Below is an essay that I sent to those on the Cove Presbyterian Church e-mailing list. You can hear a podcast of this message by going to the Cove Presbyterian Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.
If you find this essay helpful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.Frankly, I’m troubled that, from my perspective, we’re becoming what I think you could call a personalized society, where everybody is focused on him or herself and where concern for others comes only after they’ve answered the question, What’s in it for me? Often it seems as though it’s OK for me to tolerate collateral damage just so long as I’m helped. Now, that appears to be the way things are heading, something that fits well within a society where capitalism is king and personal rights nearly always trumps communal responsibilities. Of course, people point their fingers in different directions, you know, to assign blame. I mean, they say it’s the fault of technology. Or it’s the fault of modern education and/or modern parents. Or it’s the fault of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, depending on your political passions. But regardless of the cause, this sure appears to be happening in our society.
Now in a world that seems to reward selfishness more than selflessness, these are little pockets of resistance. But maybe that’s not the best image. I mean, instead of pockets of resistance, they might actually be beachheads that point toward a better, more caring and unified future. But regardless of what they are, given what these groups mean to those who are in and around them, I think they make it easy to understand why God has called us together.