Change is a hotbed of controversy. We often don't want it. Simultaneously, we clamor for it. For certain, we must have it.
Change has been President Obama's platform. The nation is draped in bitterness due to apparent selfishness of both parties. Those who want his administration's style of change are angered at the Republicans who don't. The ship floats the other direction for the other party. A probable mistake in politics is that each party behaves as if they have cornered the market on Truth while the others are (denominational) dummies....either party.
Change is very much needed in both parties. Wrong change isn't good for either. But change is certainly always a signal of better economic and social health if approached properly. George Washington did it. Abraham Lincoln did it. John Kennedy did it. And, Ronald Reagan did it. Each with significant flaws offered strong leadership.
Change in the church is laced with similar stresses. I learned immediately upon my conversion that this word was taboo among us. Yet, I had just changed over to us!
As in politics, positive change requires godly analysis. Change can lead a train into new territory or run from the tracks to cause an injurious wreck. It is not a move one tosses about freely to get the latest whim nominated.
The Restoration Movement's origin was a promotion of change as it called all back to the Bible. Apparently it lost its elasticity over the decades to the point that some scream at change as if it comes from the devil himself.
The beauty of the RM is the persistent faith in the Message which will call every reader to what? Adjust and change. The beast of the RM is that somewhere it assumed it had discovered all of the Truth. A sudden shift of hungering for righteousness moved to stiff-necked defense. Learning went out the front door as preservavtion moved in through the back door. The church shifted from a living organism to a rote museum of "how to do church right".
Change can make a mess of things for it could be the wrong change. Correct change is from God. His is a theme of persuasion to change; to repent. A call to faith is a call to believe He can still change things. A call to prayer is to possess the faith He can still change things.
Change will not necessarily win the Tidy Award. If it is correct, it can be messy. The cross would be a good place to observe.
For me one of the biggest changes that must take place among us is to leave the Law and live by the Spirit. One will kill. The other will give Life. How can we continue to hide from this truth and continue to believe that living by the Law will grow churches? It kills them....God says.
Change to please the fickleness of religious man is a grand mistake. However, spiritual change is needed...it will always be needed....it is called growing in the Lord. Change is like setting off fireworks. We don't want to avoid it; but we do want to handle it well.