Two week ago from today I Ubered for the first time. The first time I heard someone say that, I immediately thought, “Goodness! That sounds serious! I hope he went to the doctor right away!” Thus, it was with much trepidation this small-town Montana boy called for a Uber. In fact, before Ubering, I Googled it…just to be sure. Googled. A term that twenty years ago would have made it sound like you had a biological accident. Yet it is now so common, spellcheck doesn’t even mark it as a misspelled word! So, in reality, it could be stated, “I Googled to Uber”. Now it sounds like something out of a modern day Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! Good thing I don’t have Twitter or I would have probably Tweeted about my Googled Uber!
I Ubered at the end of a pastor’s conference where the theme was Christ’s declaration that He would build His Church. Consequently, I was thinking about the Church in our culture. We live in what is perhaps the fastest changing times in the history of mankind. New words and word forms are being invented just to try and keep up! With it comes the great temptation to change the foundations of the church as well. After all, with all of these changes, certainly the church needs to change also to keep up! Otherwise, it is said, it will be left in the dust to die like an antique kitchen appliance. Sentimental…but impractical and useless.
While we live in a world that is rapidly changing, we serve a Savior who does not. The author of Hebrews reminds us, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines.” (Hebrews 13:8-9). And because Jesus doesn’t change, neither does the foundation of the church change. Nor do His commands for the church! The church is still to be built on Him, focused on making disciples, preaching His Word, singing His praises, praying in His Spirit, and following the two ordinances He left, baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
So Christian…take heart! If the church holds fast to the unchanging Savior and His commands for her, she will never become outdated and slip into the sands of time to be buried forever. No…the Church of Christ has seen the rise and fall of Rome, the rise and fall of monarchies, the invention of the printing press, the invention of the steam engine, the gas engine, and the battery engine. And when Ubering, Googling, and Tweeting are old history…guess what? The church will still be there because the eternal Savior is still there!