Most of us, as we face change are clearly in one of two categories. We are either so fed up with our current situation that we welcome change or we are so unsure of the outcome that we fight against any change.
Which of these two options is healthy? I am not sure either is a healthy option. If we are so discouraged as to accept any situation as better than our current, we could end up in a worse situation, even moral failure. If we fight any and all change we could end up dry, hard-hearted and irrelevant.
We must find the middle ground. This takes a little work. As a church we must consider changing to meet the needs of our culture. But can we trust our leaders to maintain our focus on the important things, the things on which we cannot waiver, like the triune God and Jesus is the only way of salvation, the inerrancy of the Bible, the depravity of man, etc? So what changes? Are we planning to become like the world in our behavior or water down the scriptures as to not offend? NO, MAY IT NEVER BE! But the world is changing. The way people interact is changing. The way people hear and receive information is changing. We must change the way we interact with people and the way we deliver information. The information does not change. The message has been the same for over two-thousand years, it will never change! But if we desire to live out the command to make disciples of every tribe, tongue and nation, we must deliver that message in the most effective way.
Call it change? Be afraid of it? This is not who the God of all creation, the King of kings and the Lord of lords wants me to be. He wants me to change, to be better at being a disciple of Jesus than I was yesterday. So, let’s just call it improvement, no one is scared of better!