Mr. Hill Goes to Washington
Some people are wondering if I might be in a similar situation. Can a small town pastor from the Midwest take his game to the big city? It started me thinking about the differences between my home for the past 14 years, and my new home in Arlington.What is unique and different and what is pretty much the same? A few comparisons:
Pettis County Courthouse or the U.S. Capitol? The Missouri State Fairgrounds or the National Mall? The Liberty Center or the Kennedy Center? Crown Hill Cemetery or Arlington National Cemetery? Muddy Creek or the Potomac? Whiteman Air Force Base or the Pentagon? State Fair Community College or Georgetown University? Bothwell Lodge or Mount Vernon? The differences are pretty dramatic, aren't they?
But, what's the same? How about people, to begin with. It seems to me that basic human needs are universal, and I'm not just talking about food, shelter, and clothing. Every person, young or old, rich or poor, wherever he hails from, whatever her accent or skin color or politics, desires to love and be loved, to find acceptance and a place to belong. We all need encouragement and the support of friends and family. And, each one of us has to face our own set of challenges and hardships and an unknown, unpredictable future. Crisis comes down every street. Loss is a part of life. And sometimes in the middle of life, people need a pastor.
Here's the other major constant - the Gospel itself. The Good News is good news for all people in all places, to the ends of the earth, to the end of time. This world is populated by sinners in need of a Savior, wandering prodigals trying to find their way home, empty people desperate to fill an aching void. Everyone, everywhere needs Jesus.
So, off I go as the Spirit leads, knowing that for all the differences, my calling remains the same.