Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A Letter to the Presbyterian Layman newspaper

Brothers and sisters,
Jesus said on the night he was betrayed, "Fear not, I have overcome
the world." That is the word for us Presbyterians in this dark night
following the actions of the most recent General Assembly.
Presbyters, elders, deacons, deaconnesses, janitors, PW members,
ministers, do not be afraid! Let nothing terrify you! Stand! Stay
in your presbyteries, resist the temptation of non-geographical
presbyteries where we can give one another false comfort, saying to
one another, "peace, peace," where there is no peace. These are the
troubles of the world today and we are not of the world but we are FOR
the world.

Remember the story in 2nd Samuel 10, Joab told Abishai his brother,
"If the Syrians are too storng for me, then you shall save me, and if
the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come and save you.
Be of good courage and let us play the man for our people and for the
cities of our God; and may the Lord do what seems good to him."
Presbyterians,we must be soldiers like Joab and Abishai now. So let us
play the man, back to back, fighting the good fight. This is no time
to grow weary. I'm in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities, come and
save me from powers and principalities that are destroying it...and I
will come and with God's help, save you right back! May God do what
seems good to him!

Amy Flack, minister Ellsworth and Hager City Wisconsin