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Pastorbluejeans Unplugged Weekender: With Utmost Care, Let Us Adjust Along the Way!

Pastorbluejeans Unplugged Weekender deals with important incidents, events, and issues that transpired over the week in light of God’s word.

The burning issue these days is the opening of classes for SY 2020-2021. After government’s decision to resume with the opening of classes using blended learning to ensure the safety of the students, social media was flooded with comments for and against the move. 

In my blog which I published last Wednesday, May 27, 2020, I made mention about Paul’s Correspondence and Today’s Distance Learning.Paul in his ministry of educating and nourishing churches and individuals while he is away or in prison, used an extensive correspondence to manage, teach, instruct, appreciate, correct or rebuke churches and their leaders in the first century when internet and gadgets were far from being conceived in the minds and imaginations of our great inventors. Distance learning is defined as a method of studying in which lectures are broadcast or lessons are conducted by correspondence, without the student needing to attend a school or college (www.lexico.com). Teachers and students do not attend a school, or university but study from where they live usually being taught and given work to do over the internet (dictionary.cambridge.org). This is where the contention gets in because not all students have access to the internet, and not everyone has a mobile phone, tablet or computer. (Read more: https://kapeatkamalayan.com/2020/05/26/pauls-correspondence-and-todays-distance-learning/).

Towards the end of Paul’s letter to the Philippians church, he urged two women Euodia and Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord (Phil. 4:2). These two pious women were deaconesses in the Church at Philippi, and who at some points have serious disagreement. It was serious enough to be mentioned in a letter to be read publicly, but Paul seems confident that “these women” (v.3) will be reconciled. His handling of the situation is a model of tact – he does not take sides but encourages others closer to the situation to promote reconciliation.

He asked Euodia and Syntyche to be united or be reconciled. In order to do it, they need to adjust and come to an agreement. They had to do just that to avoid public opposition, as their dissension would strengthen the hands of their common enemy, and stumble those who were weak. In their daily Christian walk and plans, they were exhorted to make Christ the great object of their affections and bury all their petty disagreements and animosities.  

This sort of controversy is what happening now on social media as Netizens argue and air their opinions on the government’s decision to go ahead with the opening of classes in August. Paul’s exhortation to the two women still rings to us today – Let us set aside our differences in opinions, try every available means first and adjust along the way so no one is left behind as we move forward. We move as one! Learn as one!

Sources:

Halley, Henry H. Halley’s Bible Handbook. ePub Format. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2000.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

http://www.dictionary.cambridge.org

http://www.lexico.com

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