We are fools for the sake of Christ (1 Cor 4:10)
This is one of my favourite bible verses as I have played the fool a number of times for Christ or otherwise. However, I am an particularly taken with this verse being an April Fool's baby being born on April 1st
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
You're Gonna Have to Serve Somebody
Yesterday was the Eight Sunday after Trinity if
you follow the Book of Common Prayer as we do in our Parish in P.E.I. I was presiding at the services at St. Alban’s, Souris and St. George’s, Montague.
The Gospel appointed was Matt. 7: 15-21.
The opening verse is: 15“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing
but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16You will know them by their fruits.” (NRSV)
I opened my sermon with
the aboriginal teaching of the two wolves:
An elder was teaching his grandson about life. He said to him, “Grandson, a fight is going
on inside you and me. It is a terrible
fight between two wolves”.“How come there are two wolves grandfather?”
the boy asked. His grandfather answered,
“One wolf is evil – he is anger, envy, regret, greed, conceit, self-pity,
guilt, lies resentment, false pride, superiority and ego. The other wolf is good – he is joy, peace, love,
hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and
faith. The same fight is going on inside
you – and inside every other person.”
His grandson thought about this for a minute and then asked his
grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The elder replied, “The one you feed.”
To quote Bob Dylan (which I did):
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody
The question for each of us is which wolf are we going
to feed; which prophet are we going to serve?
Later yesterday afternoon I came across a wonderful video on
Huffington blog by James Gerkin. In the
video an African American evangelical preacher who gave a wonderful exposition
of this: Georgia Pastor Has No Time For Anti-LGBT Hypocrites http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/georgia-pastor-gay-equality_55b50b09e4b0074ba5a4d6e2. The video ends by the pastor saying, “We
all need to look at ourselves” and condemning Christians for being hypocrites
in their attitudes to the LGBT community.
An excerpt from the post follows.
Georgia pastor E. Dewey Smith said in a videotaped sermon that
was posted Thursday. Smith,
who is pastor of the House of Hope Atlanta in Decatur, Georgia, and the House
of Hope Macon, chastised his congregation and others who "demonize and
dehumanize" artists and even members of their own choir who are gay while
enjoying and benefitting from their work.
"We have done what the slave master did to
us," he said. "Dehumanize us, degrade us, demonize us, but then use
them for our advantage."
Vocal opponents of homosexuality will cite Leviticus,
Smith went on to say, but the same book of the Bible also prohibits eating
shellfish, wearing mixed fabrics and sharing a bed with a woman while she's
"Here’s my point. We pick and choose the
scriptures that we want to use to beat folk up with, rather than look at our
"Look at your neighbor and tell your neighbor, ‘I don’t condemn
you. I don’t judge you. I will preach Christ to you,'" he said. "You
can’t evangelize and antagonize at the same time."