Friday Epistle for February 16, 2018

February 16th, 2018 by
SENSELESS
        Four died and nine were injured on May 4, 1970. It was a protest at Kent State University against the invasion of Cambodia by US forces. I was in seminary then and wrote a paper around that event for both my ethics and theology courses. From either angle, you couldn’t make sense of it.
                                i.          Why?
                              ii.           What happened?
                            iii.            Who was at fault?
Senseless!
The Parkland High School massacre, 17 dead and 15 wounded, happening on Ash Wednesday, both remind us of our mortality, but really… I still can’t answer the questions and I hurt and I’m angry! I don’t know what else to be.
Senseless!
         Parkland and Kent State, two very different situations and the same senseless waste! I suppose it helps us with the existential acceptance of evil, the depth of the fall of humanity, and total depravity, whatever that is? Perhaps this! And this is getting all too common.
         After listening to people on TV tell me why this is escalating and comparing stats of how many soldiers pulled triggers in WW1 for point blank killings to how many more did in the Vietnam War, my fear for our children, and children’s children, and wondering how much worse can it get, and so on and so on – if we had no other reason to fast and take Lent seriously, well here it is!
        One person on TV this morning (Thursday) said, “Condolences, we are going to hear again condolences! Condolences without action are meaningless! We need to do something!”
What?
         I think condolences are okay, and/but I think our Lord Jesus would agree with this TV talk show hostess, without action… we need to do something!

Looking at the passages for Sunday, I have been asking myself, and now you:

 

i.”What are we saved for?”

 

ii.”Is there a purpose to our salvation, to getting through the waters?”

 

iii.”What is it we are supposed to be doing with our salvific status?”

 

Jesus is unrelenting on his answer to this question.
Come Sunday.
          And I believe he shed the first tear and perhaps, as he is alpha and omega, will shed the last, whenever that is, over the horror of this past Ash Wednesday afternoon.
Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy.
May the blessing, mercy, and grace of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be upon us all,

About this author:

Carl Buffington

Carl Buffington, Rector My ministry at New Covenant began in 1993. Barbara, my wife, and our 3 children moved here from Evergreen, CO, high and dry to low and wet, quite a change. I was brought up in the northeast, a suburb of New York, and Barbara grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia. We met while I was attending The Philadelphia Divinity School in West Philadelphia where I received an M.Div. degree in 1972, and I was ordained a deacon and priest in the same year. I went to seminary directly from college. I earned an A.B. degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. For 5 years of my ministry I was a traveling evangelist, sharing the story of our Lord and his presence and power in a different church every weekend. What I have always loved about New Covenant is the blending of the charismatic, the evangelical, and the sacramental aspects of the Faith. And what still gets me up in the morning is seeing people change, seeing people encounter the living Lord. I just love to see hearts changed by the Holy Spirit. Education: BA from the College of William & Mary 1969 MA in Divinity from the Philadelphia Divinity School 1972 Ordination: Ordained in the Diocese of CT – Deacon and Priest 1972 Ordained and Consecrated a Bishop, Emissary to Boga Diocese, Democratic Republic of the Congo - 2015

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