Pastor’s Corner: Choosing Change

June 23, 2021

Listening to the radio this morning, a guest (whose name I didn’t catch) mentioned that some employees who have been working from home might not be enthusiastic about returning to their offices and close contact with their colleagues. The pandemic has changed things, he said. It can be positive if we embrace it.

Change, as I keep saying in these columns, is the only truly inevitable thing, more than death or taxes – death, we might say, is one kind of change. At this time in 2015, none of us knew who your next pastor would be. At this time in 2018, none of us knew when lava would stop flowing in lower Puna. At this time last year, we hoped that falling COVID-19 cases heralded the end of the pandemic. Each one of these examples testifies to the unpredictability of change.

It is not entirely true that change is positive if we embrace it. I can think of numerous examples in law and custom over the centuries of deeply harmful change, ranging from wars and invasions to governmental policies and natural disasters. Embracing separated families at the US border could not make that a positive change. Embracing the Bayonet Constitution of 1887 could not return the voting franchise to Asians living in Hawai’i or the Hawaiians denied the vote because they owned too little property.

We will need to consider and review the changes that evolve when the pandemic recedes. I can tell you that one change will be that our worship will continue to go out in a live stream on the Internet when we have a congregation present. We have found ourselves serving and connecting with people in a different way; we will continue to serve and engage with them, because that is our calling as the Church.

What have you found in this last year that you would like to keep in the months and years ahead? What should we leave behind? What has built up your spirit? What has been an obstacle on your journey?

With aloha,

Pastor Eric

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