From the Pastor
What one statement do you know to be true? On what do you stand?
God is love. 1 John 4:8 says this. (I’d argue the entire biblical canon says God is love.) Love. Love. Love. “That’s what it’s all about,” sings my subconscious. “’Cause God loves us we love each other…” (Do you know that children’s song?)
Rev. Moses introduced a new sermon series January 22. She reviewed a little church history (and threw in some Greek—way to go, Lee!) She invited us to examine ourselves and scripture. Inspired by Martin Luther’s statement, “Here I stand, I can do no other,” we ask: What faith claim does (each) scripture lead us to, and how do we live if we proclaim that to be true?
I recently stood among men, women, and children who marched for equality. Perhaps you’ve viewed or heard news about the hundreds of demonstrations around the world, the Women’s Marches (I hope you participated!) Never have I ever participated in such an event. While I didn’t know what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised by the Greensboro event’s peacefulness. The slightest misstep in the crowd or a clumsy move and one participant bumped into another. But the exchange that followed was “no problem, are you okay? let me help you, I love your sign, glad you’re here…” Sure, some signs seemed less-than-nice but the tone of the day and the tenants to which we were called—peace.
Each speaker echoed invites to listen, to learn, and to engage. Listen to others: especially those who are different from you. Learn as much as you can from others. Engage.
I suppose we must first name that for which we stand…
I’m reminded of a NPR series titled “This I Believe.” “This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Over 125,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, have been archived, heard on public radio, chronicled through books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow” (thisibelieve.org)
In one divinity school course with Barbara Brown Taylor (Lee and I have both referenced BBT before) I was required to compose my own 500-word essay. The titles are interchangeable: This I Believe and Here I Stand.
I believe God is love. And I stand on love. (For some reason the professor required more words than this.)
What do you think? What one statement do you know to be true? On what do you stand?
We would love to know your thoughts. There is space in each week’s worship bulletin to ponder the scripture and the sermon (and sermons are posted online!) There are spaces throughout the week to gather together for conversation. Table Topics. Table Talk. Small group. Sunday Night Youth. Our website and Facebook page.
Perhaps we will all commit or recommit to listening and learning and engaging—and doing all of this deeply and faithfully—each day this year.
Standing on love,