American Saints or Saints in America?

November 4, 2018


When a scribe asks Jesus, which commandment is first of all, Jesus answers that love of God and love of neighbor are interconnected and define the heart of the kingdom of God.

This is exactly one of the texts Mark Twain had in mind when he said something like this, “It’s not the bible verses I don’t understand which bother me, it’s the ones I do understand which bother me.”  See, it’s not like we don’t get what Jesus says here; it’s that we have such a difficult time living up to it, or rather, living into it.

As we celebrate All Saints Day, we need to pay as much attention to the scribe’s question as we do to Jesus’ answer.  Jesus and the scribe, declaring a “sanctity of living” as God’s highest priority, offer us the good news, the freedom from living under the rule of a God whose motives are “gotcha” and whose methods are “getcha.”

At our 9:30 A.M., Sunday worship, in prayer, Word, song, sermon and Meal, we’ll have another opportunity to become alert and acute for the Kingdom’s “sanctity of living” breaking into our everydayness.

Pastor Jeff


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