Beloved, we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be.
–1 John 3:2
One would hope that whatever our Pullen family might become in the future, we will definitely be God’s children – and act like it. Roger Crook closed his history of the first 100 years of our church’s life with this verse. Since then, it has inspired many a Pullenite to ponder the future and our place in it.
During our adult Sunday school this summer, we have considered the future by examining trends in areas of our common life from religion to politics to economics to technology. We’ve heard that we live in a fast-changing world, but we knew that. What has been troubling to absorb is the ways current trends reflect movement away from protecting the common good and toward benefits for the privileged few at the expense of the many. We have also been reminded that the “crises” we experience in critical spheres like health care and the economy and education have always existed for people with few resources. Today a broader spectrum of our society views each as a “crisis” because it negatively impacts mostly white, educated, middle class people like many of us.
Our faith calls us to respond – to act like we are God’s children and to view every person as God’s child as well. How we use our financial resources, our education, our tech-savvy skills, our ecological awareness, our healthy lifestyles, and all the other gifts that are ours today will determine “what we shall be.” May God give us the creativity and the courage and the will to discern daily how to employ these amazing gifts for the good of all. It’s what God’s children do.