By Kristen Johnson
A new Church. A new town. The message remains the same.
Simply the verses and a few comments from the minister speak volumes:
Old Testament Reading:
Micah 6:6-8 (NRSV): With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? 7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” 8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
New Testament Reading:
Matthew 5:1-12 (NRSV): When Jesus[a] saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely[b] on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The focus today is that we are required to take the sanctuary to the streets. Our responsibility as Christians is to:
- Establish justice.
- Show compassion.
- Walk humbly.
- Demonstrate Kindness.
If we turn away people in need, we are not showing compassion or kindness. If we seek to serve only our own interests, we are not walking humbly. If we insist turn a blind eye to people who are abusing power, while the poor, the refugees, and the downtrodden suffer, we are not showing justice.
Shame on Donald Trump for closing off our borders to people in need. Shame on people who support such racist, xenophobic, disgusting behavior. Jesus and his family had to flee violence and lived as refugees too. (Matthew 2:1-15)
Serve all with love.
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