Times of transition are messy. Often the ideas that are most loved or hated during transition are most valuable in what they inspire over time.
Reformation Sunday offers us the opportunity to look at Blind Bartimaeus and Martin Luther as examples of the work God can do in and through those willing to use their voices. However, at the same time, we must challenge ourselves to try on all the perspectives in these stories.
There’s an old advertising adage: when you try to reach everyone, you reach no one. The temptation and pressure you will face from the beginning is to tell the whole story to as many people as possible with your branding. Instead, your goal should be clarity and focus.
There are many gray areas in the life and practice of faith. Following God and leading others to do so has inherent uncertainty built in. However, we must not use this as a defense mechanism or excuse to draw comfortable conclusions when it seems God is calling us elsewhere.
The only thing guaranteed to shut off conversation in the future is the decision not to have conversation.