We are not there yet

Contributing Writer
Rev. Dr. Scott D. Hannon
St. John Lutheran Church, Amherst, NY

We are not there yet. We are not yet what we shall be.

“This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise,” Martin Luther writes. The scripture from 1 John probably put that idea in Luther’s mind. That sacred text reads (in the poetic words of the KJV), “…it doth not yet appear what we shall be.” It doth not yet appear what we shall be. I John 3:2

In modern lingo we might say, we are not yet sure of what we shall become. Like Luther suggested, we are becoming. This reality remains as true today as it was in the 1st and 16th centuries.

We are not there yet. We are not yet what we shall be.

Unfortunately, and nevertheless, many people assume they are. We live in a world that demands “finished products,” cherishes “experts,” and rewards “know-it-alls.” Too many of our conversations begin between people who have nothing to learn from one another. Too many of our days start without any expectation of growth.

Too many of our people assume they’re right and all those who disagree are wrong.

We know there is a lot of becoming that is necessary in this world, we just assume it

And so, perhaps now more than ever we need to allow that text from 1 John to challenge us…

It doth not yet appear what we shall be.

Perhaps now is the time to consider…

What are we becoming?
During this time of absolute political polarization,
Living under the threat of world war,
Facing daunting realities from indiscriminating viruses,
Mourning nonsensical and tragic loss,
Struggling with how to make ends meet,
And carrying on as we have been called to do…

For more inspiration and insights from past columns, please visit www.jamestowngazette.com and click on the Faith Matters page. The Jamestown Gazette is proud to present our county’s most creative and original writers for your enjoyment and enlightenment.

Previous articleSUNY JCC Celebrates Grand Opening of Industrial & Building Automation Center
Next articleWinter Coyote Hunting
Pastor Scott serves the people of St. John by helping the congregation welcome everyone, care for one another, and grow in the joy of God’s love through Jesus Christ. Pastor Scott earned his bachelor’s degree at the University at Buffalo and went to seminary at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree with an emphasis in preaching from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Pastor Scott and his wife, Kate, live in Bowmansville, NY with their children Molly, Delaney, and John Scott. Scott and Kate love Western New York for many reasons, not the least of which are the changing seasons, wonderful people, and of course the Buffalo Bills. Pastor Scott’s ministry priorities are worship, preaching and teaching. Scott’s hobbies are guitar, golf, and reading. To read some of Scott’s musings visit his blog Way-ward at www.psdh.org.