The unity and diversity of the early church shocked and intrigued the ancient world, and ours should as well.
Today, we’re in Part 2 of a three-part series titled Talking Points: The Perfect Blend of Politics and Religion. As if there could be a perfect blend, right? This is a series designed to make all of us uncomfortable, and hopefully in the end to make all of us better. Because after all, the church should be the safest place to talk about anything including politics. Even though the church rarely talks about politics, I figured you’re already talking about…
We can disagree politically and love unconditionally.
Are you trying to find fulfillment through your career, through your accomplishments, through an accumulation of things? Because if you are, you are going to find that in the end your life will be “Meaningless! Meaningless! Utterly meaningless.
This morning I’d like to begin a journey through Ecclesiastes. We will conclude the journey next Sunday. Today’s sermon is titled “A Life Worth Living”. We are going to be learning about a man who tried to live life to the fullest. This man’s name was Solomon.
In a nation that easily forgets, we are to be stones of remembrance, monuments baring witness to the power and the promises of God. We are Living Stones. The challenge is before us. Not to be remembered, but to be stones of remembrance rising past our own achievements and successes, and humbly pointing others to the one true, immortal God.
What if we started to think for ourselves? Do our research. I’m not saying we ignore the information being brought to the table, but instead listening to some else’s fear, instead of just thinking the worst, what if we ask the question we most often avoid, “What does God say? What does God want us to do?”
What if we looked at the ground we live on as holy? What if we walked outside and stopped to appreciate the ground we have been given, the ground we live on and serve on? What if we looked at it as God’s holy ground with a mission, a purpose, a beautiful thing that was given to us for a purpose.
What’s going on in our country right now should make us want to go to our knees and listen for God all the more.
Those of us who name Jesus as our Lord and Savoir must step up to the basic command to love our neighbor as ourselves and to wake up every single day grateful for our rights, and then decide I am going to stewarded them well by not simply leveraging them for myself, but for the people around me.