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Black Smoke White Smoke

The whole world has been glued to the information networks this past week as the Roman Catholic Church went through the process of selecting a new Pope. It is a secret process by which the Cardinals in the church must elect one of their own with a two-thirds majority vote. Following a vote the ballots would be burned and if a new Pope was not elected a chemical would be added to the fire causing black smoke to billow out of a smokestack telling the world that another vote would be needed. When they come to a decision, the ballots are burned without the aid of chemicals, sending clear/white smoke up the stack telling the whole world that a new Pope has been elected.

Prior to the election, Catholics all over the world were giving their opinion on what they wanted in a new Pope. Most everyone said it was time for a change. The Catholic Church needed to go in a different direction following years of scandal and sexual immorality. As I watched all of this unfold, I asked myself, "Isn't change what got the world in the religious mess that we find ourselves in now?" When someone or some groups decided that they had a better way than the Bible, changes started happening. Peter quotes from Isaiah in I Peter 1:25 when he says, "All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower fails, but the word of the Lord remains forever."

In 1939 New York City hosted the World's Fair. One of the unique projects of the Fair was to bury a time capsule. The large, torpedo-shaped shell was buried fifty feet deep on Long Island. Inside was placed over 100 items, along with microfilm and pictures of contemporary life. Only one full-sized book was enclosed, as you can imagine, that book was the Bible. When asked why they chose to include the Bible, one official said, "The Holy Bible of all books familiar to us today, will most likely survive through the ages. Therefore, the Bible that we place in the capsule will be a sort of connecting link between the past, present and future."

Let's get back to the Book! Let's right some wrongs that have taken place over the years. Let's get back to calling Bible things by Bible names and doing Bible things in Bible ways! How about it?

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward