Of board games and churches


    Perhaps you noticed that the perennially favorite board game, Monopoly, changed, not without controversy, one of the tokens on its board. 
    That’s a big deal. In fact it’s only the second time it has happened in the last 60 years, and then, 1999, the game only added a token. This time Monopoly not only added a token character they jettisoned one as well and you could hear the cries all the way from Boardwalk to Marvin Gardens .   
      By process of an online vote Monopoly added a cat, that fury feline that brushes against your leg or snuggles when you are still. And the token they discarded?  Well it came down to three, the shoe, wheelbarrow or iron and on following the last day of voting the iron is no more. 
     Why the iron?  Other than the popular vote I have no idea. Maybe it’s because of all the no wrinkle shirts they make these days. What I do know is that I was not surprised that a pet would replace a utility such as an iron. After all what kind of relationship can you develop with your iron?  It doesn’t bend its back when you scratch its ears, or purr for pleasure and have you ever tried cuddling with your iron on a cold winter afternoon?   
        The fact is the iron represents the vestiges of another time that is becoming less and less. Times change and so do the things we use do any of your remember the last time you used a rotary phone? 
    You know what doesn’t change, our need for relationship.  And that is what we must always remember. When people arrive at church they are looking for connection, to establish a relationship with God, and with us, fellow pilgrims in the pews.  
      We will employ many programs towards that end and some will run their course and be replaced, but the need, for God and the support of one other remains.  For that is really what a church is for.   
Greg Porterfield is senior pastor of Wesley UMC in Evans.

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