Preaching to the Choir

These are some sermons, but mostly lectionary discussions. It also has prayers for some Sundays.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

1 John 3:1-7

1 John 3:1-7
Children of God
We are children of God, loved children of God. Thanks be to Jesus for his death and resurrection. And because we are children of God we want to be like Jesus so we purify ourselves as He is pure. On the other hand there are the ones who are rebellious against God. They choose to go against God, sin against God.

There are so many people who have no idea what this means to be children of God. They have no idea what it means to be loved and especially have love lavished on them. Too many have been rebellious against their parents and their family and the world they don’t know how to be any other way. If they found a loving family they would run the other way or try to make it into something they were familiar with.

The problem is that not many church families are truly that loving. And they are especially not loving to outsiders, strangers or people that are different than them. At the same time there are church families that recognize this and have been working hard at being loving.

Just a reminder we are called to be children not childish.

On an Iowa roadside, the old man chats with a pregnant runaway. For the girl, family is a prison, to be broken out of. The old man tells her that he used to give each of his kids a stick and say, "You break that." Of course they could. Then he'd tell them to tie some sticks in a bundle and try to break that. And they couldn't. "Then I'd say, 'That bundle - that's family.'" The next morning, the old man wakes up to find the girl gone, with the hint that she'll be returning home. On the ground is a bundle of sticks with a bow tied around it. -Scene from David Lynch's movie The Straight Story, cited by Richard Corliss in "A Grand Quest," Time, October 25, 1999, 120.
We are an imperfect family, but we are family.


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