Yesterday, Tuesday August 19, 2014 the Old Fool listened to Joe Bock speak to the Samhedrin, an informal group of mostly retired Mennonite professionals. Joe Bock connects well with Mennonites. As a member of the Catholic Relief Services he met Mennonites who served with Mennonite Central Committee, Christian Peacemaker Teams, and was recruited to be a substitute teacher of the Eastern Mennonite University faculty.
Having lived in Asia and the Middle East, and directed relief programs in Africa, Bock has an international perspective. His wife is a member of the Kern Road Mennonite Church and he attends services with her frequently. He said that he considers himself an associate Mennonite. Joe Bock is a democrat, but in my judgment he is not an ordinary democrat. Learn more about Bock here.
Joe Bock’s opponent began airing commercials on TV several weeks ago. He assured the Samhedrin that he would begin his ads on TV this week. This morning when I turned to the Today Show I saw his first commercial. You can see the youtube version here.
The term may be used to describe the moment that a campaign reaches the tipping point in favor of one candidate or the other. Both Bock and his opponent will campaign tirelessly until the election declares a winner.
Critical mass may also be used to describe the moment when one side or the other wins the contest in the church over same sex marriage. But should not political campaigns and contests in the church be widely different? A contest in the church should not be based on money or personal attacks and misinformation, but on conversation, humility and mutual love.
According to his limited experiences, the Old Fool believes that the denomination will experience healing and hope when conferences respect the authority of other conferences, when congregations respect each others decisions, when members respect the Spirit’s work in the lives of other members and when love is all around. We should understand that unity promotes the mission of Christ through the church..