We are citizens of one another’s welfare. We belong to God.
I didn’t like where the dividing line fell in this morning’s reading, because sometimes I am on one side of the line, speaking truth to power and other times I am on the other side of the line, parroting the worst of what our culture has taught me. I think these stories are meant to be told together, to remind us that all our dividing lines are false and dangerous, and that we cannot simply wrap them up in religious rationales and be satisfied with the ways things are. That real religion, pure religion, cares for all who are in distress and amends itself when we notice that it is we ourselves who have caused harm.
Texts: 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 and Psalm 130 • Ephesians 4:25-5:2 • John 6:35, 41-51 In the name of Jesus, the bread of life. Amen. There are times when a preacher sits down to write a sermon and all previous plans get cast aside. Times when a happening, something local or something global, takes center-stage and demands our … Continue reading Sermon: Sunday, August 12, 2012: “A Game of Thrones; Act 3, Scene 2 — A House Divided Against Itself”